The History And Topographical Survey Of The County Of Kent.
Canterbury, Printed for the author, by Simmons and Kirkby.
Containing the present state of it, civil and ecclesiastical; collected from public records, and other the best authorities, both manuscript and printed: illustrated with maps, and views of antiquities, seats of the nobility and gentry, etc.
FIRST EDITION. 4 volumes. Folio, with folding map of Kent, plan of Canterbury, 35 folding maps of the Hundreds, and 60 full page engraved plates (some folding), depicting the houses, churches and antiquities of Kent, and numerous illustrations in the text. Finely bound in full contemporary calf. Spine in compartments with raised bands and elaborate gilt tooling. The boards panelled and ruled in gilt with similarly elaborate blind tooling. Gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. One or two of the hinges have been professionally repaired some time ago but all in all an exceptionally clean tight copy with only the occasional traces of foxing here and there. One of the cleanest examples I have ever seen. Edward Hasted (1732-1812), devoted forty years of his life to the compilation of this superlative county history, which records in minute detail the village, parochial and town life of the entire county. Embellished with maps of the hundreds, and fine architectural views, the four volumes present a picture of Kent from the Saxons to the late 18th century - it remains the primary source book for the Kentish historian. This set comes from the magnificent library of A. Chester Beatty housed at Owley, Wittersham. A. Chester Beatty was a fabulously wealthy industrialist who formed one of the most impressive libraries in the world. After he relocated from Kent to Dublin in the 1950s the library mostly followed him there and is now housed in a purpose-built Museum next to Dublin Castle. Books of local significance were retained at the family home in Wittersham where his son had taken residence. This copy was directly gifted by Chester Jr to a long-term trusted employee on her retirement. As she herself is now elderly, she elected to sell the book.
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