The Tunbridge Wells Guide;.


Bound in contemporary full calf; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting green title label, gilt. Marbled endpapers. Extremities a little worn and occasional light foxing but otherwise a very good copy. 1803 inscription on 2nd free endpaper and 1809 date added underneath.



Printed and Sold by J. Sprange, at his Circulating Library. Sold also in London, by T. Beecroft Bookseller Pater Noster Row.,


Tunbridge Wells




Or an account of the ancient and present state of that place. to which is added a particular description of the towns and villages, remains of antiquity, gentlemens seats, founderies, etc.etc. within the circumference of sixteen miles.

Item Description

8vo in fours. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. [3], viii, 48, 45- 53 [i.e. 57], [3], 49-68; 98, xii, 99-106, vi, 107-178; 14; 16 pp. + [2] pp. publisher's advertisements. A Description of Tunbridge Wells has a separate title page, pagination and register.


Illustrated by 3 engraved plates, including frontispiece and by engraved title with vignette and dedication.


First published in 1780, the early issues of this little guide, all dated 1780 have very eccentric pagination and Goulden lists five variants and there are numerous variations between printings. Sprange frequently inserted extra leaves but not in all copies. This issue conforms most closely to numbers two and three in his sequence, giving it a date after March 5th but before July 27th 1782. It does not have the four leaves of cancels after p. 54 in the second part noted by Goulden. It may possibly predate the point at which he inserted the cancel leaves. This issue is printed on larger paper than most examples that we have seen and perhaps Mr Sprange had no supply of the inserted cancel leaves in this size of paper and therefore dropped their insertion in this copy. There is no evidence whatsoever of these leaves having been present, the binding being entirely original. A very attractive Tunbridge Wells guide with a fine collection of copper engravings, paying particular attention to the major country seats, which are described in detail with lists of paintings.

[Stock No. 21962]

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