Historical, Topographical, And Descriptive Account Of The Weald Of Kent.
Printed for and sold by S. Reader.
With eight engravings and a map.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. lvi + 27 +  +  pp. index +  publisher's advertisement. Bound in recent full calf with decorative gilt borders on boards; spine in compartments elaborately decorated gilt, with contrasting maroon and black title labels, gilt. Marbled endpapers. Deckled edges. A little wear to extremities, edges browned and foxing largely confined to margins. Illustrated by map and 8 sepia aquatint plates after drawings by the author, including frontispiece. Rare history of the Weald with fine engraved illustrations including the well-known view of the High Street at Cranbrook. Following a long introduction, the arrangement is alphabetical by parish. Published by Samuel Reader (1775-1824) of Cranbrook, whose advertisement appears at the end. Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn (1777-1853), architect, local historian and print artist, was an illegitimate son of the Duke of Cumberland, who moved from London to Cranbrook in the mid-1790s. (Theweald online and Goulden, Book Trade in Kent, Vol. II, for Reader).
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