The Historical Antiquities Of Hertfordshire. Volumes 1 And 2 By Sir Henry Chauncy – 1975

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Originally only 500 copies of the first edition were printed in 1700 for “Ben Griffin in the Great Old Bailey, Sam. Keeble at the Turks-head in Fleet Street, Dan Browne at the Black Swan and Bible without Temple-Bar, Dan. Midwinter and Theo Leigh at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard. The fact that almost all the engravings in this book are of county houses, with the name and arms of the owner gives a clue to the nature of the work. Only the very well-to-do would be able to buy this book and it is not surprising that it contains extensive information on the history of manor houses, their owners and occupiers, their family trees and their memorials in the churches. As such it is a valuable source of information to people researching ancestors who were ‘To the Manor Born

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Pre-owned. Many of the sources Chauncy used will no longer be available – but one must bear in mind that information collected from the owners of the properties are likely to give an overly rosy view of their ancestors. There is very little relating to the everyday life of the working man. Vol. 1: 592pp (pages 159 to 162 have come loose), hand trimmed pages. Vol. 2: 614pp. With many lithographic plates across the two volumes: mostly of large houses and seats of the county, with a few monuments. Includes a folding map of Hertfordshire in Vol.2. A pencil note (175) is written at the top of the 5th page. Boards are bright and have only little rubbing to edges, corners and spine ends; minor scuffing here and there but nothing significant. Bindings sound and still quite tight – hinges are still securely attached. Pages mostly clean, but generally there is some tanning and foxing and blotching to edges and some pages. Prelims and some edges rather browned. Map has no tears and still psysically intact. A Very Good set. Hardcover in half-tooled leather bindings: leather spines with raised bands, and leather reinforced corners. This second edition published by John Morse Mullinger, Bishops Stortford, 1826 and this was reprinted in 1975 (and is now out of print)

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Weight 1.349 kg