A History Of The Colleges, Halls, And Public Buildings, Attached To The University Of Oxford, Including The Lives Of The Founders.
Printed by Collingwood and Co. For J. Cooke and J. Parker; and Messrs. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London.
TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. Vol. I, xvi + 260 pp.; Vol. II, [iv] + 261-486 +  pp. index and list of plates. Bound in vellum, boards with decorative gilt borders; spines in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt with contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Red edges. Some age wear to extremities and scattered foxing throughout, including plate margins; otherwise a very good set. Illustrated by 31 engraved plates, including frontispiece, and by engraved vignette title, all by James Storer and John Grieg. Well illustrated history of the Oxford Colleges with lists of their heads and governors and an account of non-collegiate University institutions. Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834), journalist, editor and biographer came from an Aberdeen publishing family and was educated at the University. Arriving in London, he became a journalist, contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine and edited three London newspapers. He made significant contributions to several major reference works, notably the General Biographical Dictionary, The Works of English Poetry and The British Essayists, the latter reprinting whole runs of early eighteenth century periodicals. This copy was owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office. He held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl), 1921-22.
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