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MAITLAND, William (c. 1693--1757)
[The history of London. 1739]
The history of London, from its foundation by the Romans, to the present time. Containing a faithful relation of the publick transactions of the citizens; accounts of the several parishes; parallels between London and other great cities; its governments, civil, ecclesiastical and military; commerce, state of learning, charitable foundations, &c. With the several accounts of Westminster, Middlesex, Southwark, and other parts within the bill of mortality. In nine books. The whole illustrated with a variety of fine cuts. With a compleat index. By William Maitland, ...
London: printed by Samuel Richardson, 1739.
viii, [8], 800, [14] p., [25] engr. pl. (4 fold.) : illus. ; 38.8 cm. (2°)

Includes an index and a list of subscribers. Pages 90--91 are mispaginated 82--83. Published in fortnightly numbers of six sheets from April 1737 to May 1738. The printer was the novelist Samuel Richardson who praised the work in his edition of Defoe's Tour thro' Great Britain, 3rd ed., 1742. See Bernard Adams, London illustrated (London 1983), no. 33. The plate showing a view of Ripley's Customs House at p. 624 is not called for by Adams; however, like all but three plates, it is signed as engraved by [W.H.] Toms, and as it has the correct binder's page number engraved at the top righthand corner there seems no reason to doubt that it belongs to the work. A greatly expanded second edition appeared in 1756 (q.v.). ESTC t100091.

Copy Notes Bought from A. Maxwell for 1 guinea on 9 June 1810. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.2.3). The price £1..5s is faintly pencilled in with the figures inked over on the front pastedown. With an extraneous folded letterpress table loosely inserted at the end, explaining 'The degrees of Parentage and of Consanguinitie for the better understanding of our Authour' in Latin and English, with the binder's instruction to 'Place this next before Folio 18. b.'.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, blind-tooled panels, gilt double-rule borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

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