Lot 60: Atkyns (Sir Robert). The Ancient and Present State of Glocestershire, 1st ed., 1712, engraved portrait frontispiece (close-trimmed to image and relaid), contemporary signature of Robert Codrington to title, eight untitled engraved plates of coats of arms of Gloucestershire families (including that of Codrington of Codrington, few plates lightly cropped at foot), double-page engraved county map, plan of the Gloucester City, plate of the West Prospect of Gloucester and North West prospect of Gloucester Cathedral, plus sixty-one double-page 'bird's eye' views of the seats of the nobility and gentry by Johannes Kip (complete), all plates neatly reguarded, occasional minor marks to text, few leaves & plates slightly frayed to margins and some neatly strengthened with archival tissue, light worm trail to lower blank margins of few leaves, endpapers renewed, contemporary speckled calf, rebacked and corners repaired, worn at foot of spine, minor wear to extremities, folio. Upcott p.246-249. The rare first edition: many copies were lost in a fire at the printer's house in Whitefriars on January 30th 1712. Upcott notes that a similar fate befell copies of the second edition. Sir Robert Atkyns, MP and topographer was somewhat overshadowed by his father, who as chief baron of the exchequer was speaker of the House of Lords between 1689 and 1693. Atkyns refused to take the oath of allegiance to William III and retired to Pinbury Park in Gloucestershire. The first of the three major Gloucestershire antiquaries, the other two being Ralph Bigland (1712-1784) and Samuel Rudder (1726-1801), Atkyns collected material for parish histories in an attempt to record the population of each parish, based on the number of houses therein and the yearly birth and burial numbers. (1)
Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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