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BOYLE'S COURT AND COUNTRY GUIDE ...
[Court and country guide. 1806]
Boyle's Court and country guide, and town visiting directory, corrected up to April, 15, 1806. Containing an alphabetical arrangement of the names and places of abode, in town and country, of all the ladies and gentlemen of fashion; to which are added, the Inns of Court, &c. and, for the use of porters in the halls, servants, &c a separate register of all the fashionable streets is prefixed; which are set down in a numerical manner, that the reader may see at one view, and become acquainted in an instant with the names of the various persons of fashion, according to the numbers in each street.
London: printed and sold by P. Boyle; sold also by Mr. Faulder; Mr. Hodgson; Messrs. Richardsons; H. Ebers; Kerby, and Bowdery; T. Goddard; I. and I. Smart; and by all the booksellers in England, price four and sixpence bound, 1806.
426, [6] p. ; 12.2 cm. (12º)

Red stamp on title-page. The title-page imprint is undated; the colophon imprint is dated April 1806. An annual street directory first published in 1792 as The fashionable court guide: or, The town visit directory for the year ..., and issued in later years with variant titles, imprints and sizes; the British Library catalogue lists editions (sometimes including a second edition for the same year) from 1792 to 1925. Soane is listed at 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields (p. 77); his neighbours are Mr. Serjt. Vaughan at No. 11 and 'Geo. Booth Tyndale' at No.13. Soane began negotiating to buy the freehold of No. 13 (with Tyndale as sitting tenant) in the summer of the following year, and the sale was completed in summer 1808. See separate entries for other editions in Soane's library: as Boyle's Court and country guide, 1813, 1815, 1817, 1819, 1821--23; as Boyle's Fashionable court and country guide, 1824--25, 1828, 1831--35.

Copy Notes Front pastedown and verso of first free-endpaper inscribed in ink Boyels Court Guide. The first leaf of the final table of 'The New Administration' misbound to precede the final leaf of the main text (pp. 425--26).

Binding Original C19th sheep, gilt-ruled spine, direct-lettered in gilt 'Court Guide 1806'. Traces of blue paper on the pastedowns.

Reference Number 308


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