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TODD, Henry John (1763--1845)
The history of the College of Bonhommes, at Ashridge, in the county of Buckingham, founded in the year 1276, by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall. Compiled from original records and other authentic sources. To which is added, a description of the present mansion, erected on the site of the ancient college.
London: printed by R. Gilbert, 1823.
vi, [2], 91, [3] p., letterpress table, engr. frontis., [29] pl., [1] mezzotint port. : [1] illus. ; 55.2 cm. (2º)

First published in 1812, privately printed by the Earl of Bridgewater. The preface and dedication to John-William, Earl of Bridgewater, whose house was erected on the site of the ancient college, are signed by his chaplain, Henry John Todd. Todd was librarian at Lambeth Palace and royal chaplain as well as an editor of Milton, and author of other works. Plates, title vignette and tail-piece to p. 81 on India paper. The mezzotint portrait of 'John William, Seventh Earl Of Bridgewater' was added in 1825. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3324.

Copy Notes Pasted in on front pastedown-endpaper a letter dated 8 May 1826 from Sir Charles Long (later Lord Farnborough) to Soane requesting the loan of his copy of Palladio for a few days and presenting him with "the History of Ashridge, of which a few Copies only have been printed". Also a loosely inserted note by George Bailey recording an advertisement in The Athenaeum 2 March 1850 for a copy of this book for sale by Thomas Thorpe for £10 with a note that another copy sold in the Duke of York's sale for £16.

Binding C19th quarter green roan, grey paper boards. With the printed binder's ticket of Wilson, 19 Foley Place on front pastedown, probably John Wilson. See Charles Ramsden, London book binders 1780--1840 (London 1956), p. 151.

Reference Number 3457


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