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WARTON, Thomas (1728--1790)
A companion to the guide, and guide to the companion: being a complete supplement to all the accounts of Oxford hitherto published. Containing, an accurate description of several halls, libraries, schools, ... and other curiosities, omitted or misrepresented, by Wood, Hearn, Salmon, Prince, Pointer, and other eminent topographers, ... The fourth edition, corrected and enlarged.
London: printed for H. Payne; and sold by the booksellers of Oxford, [1763?].
47, [1] p. : wdcut illus. ; 15.7 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. By Thomas Warton, a poet, historian and satirist, brother of the poet and literary critic Joseph Warton (1722--1800). Thomas Warton is chiefly remembered for his influential three-volume History of English poetry (1774--1781; a fourth volume was planned but never published). The Companion, first published in 1760, is a satirical commentary on The new Oxford guide by 'a Gentleman of Oxford' and intended to be bound with it, illustrated with anachronistic woodcuts; Soane's library includes a copy of the seventh edition of The new Oxford guide, 1785 (q.v.). The final page of the Companion contains an advertisement for the second edition of the New Oxford guide. ESTC t164930.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page Fras Annesley. Annesley, the eldest son of Dr. Martin Annesley, became the first Master of Downing College, Cambridge, and commissioned designs for the college buildings from James Wyatt. He was MP for Reading, 1770 to 1806 and the first hereditary Cottonian family trustee of the British Museum. Bound (3) with the 1764 (q.v.) and 1795 (q.v.) editions of A pocket companion for Oxford.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label reading 'Oxford / Guides'.

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