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LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS …
London and its environs described. Containing an account of whatever is most remarkable for grandeur, elegance, curiosity or use, in the city and in the country twenty miles round it. ... Decorated and illustrated with a great number of views in perspective, engraved from original drawings, taken on purpose for this work. ... In six volumes. ...
London: printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761.
6 vols ; 19.7 cm. (8º)
I: [12], 344 p., engr. frontis., [13] pl.
II: [4], 352 p., fold. engr. map, [19] pl. (1 fold.).
III: [4], 328 p., [14] pl.
IV: [4], 355, [1] p., fold. engr. map, [5] pl.
V: [4], 348 p., [9] pl. : [1] engr. illus.
VI: [4], 371, [1] p., [18] pl. (2 fold.).

Arranged alphabetically and listing many place names, this is the first London guide to include the surrounding country seats. It is thought to have been compiled by Robert Dodsley (1703--1764), publisher, bookseller, poet and dramatist. The number and quality of the plates, drawn by Samuel Wale, make this, in Bernard Adams' words, 'an unsurpassed guide to the appearance of mid-eighteenth century London'. See B. Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (London 1983), no. 41, pp. 105--9. ESTC t41128.

Copy Notes Imperfect; vol. VI wanting 1 folding plate of plans of Windsor Castle. Volume II has scrap of printed label on top left corner of front pastedown-endpaper.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled spines with floral design, red and green spine-labels.

Reference Number 2674


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