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PUGH, David (d. 1813)


London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis and its neighbourhood, to thirty miles extent, from an actual perambulation. By David Hughson, LL.D. ...
London: printed by W. Stratford, for J. Stratford; and sold by all other booksellers, 1805--10.
4 [ex 6] vols ; 21.0 cm. (8º)
I: 652 p., add. engr. t.-pl., frontis., port., [7] pl.
II: 560 [i.e. 540] p., add. engr. t.-pl., fold. map (coloured), [10] pl. : wdcut. illus.
III: 640 p., add. engr. t.-pl., [11] pl. : wdcut illus.
IV: 579, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [25] pl. : wdcut illus.

Hughson is the pseudonym for David Pugh. His 'Description of London' was published over a period of 5 years in 149 Numbers of about 24 pages each, making 6 volumes. This is the first edition. In vol. III the plate facing p. 96 is captioned 'Bank of England, taken by permission from a drawing in possession of J. Soane, Esqr.', and corresponds to the view of the Lothbury Wall and Tivoli Corner signed and dated John Soane Archt. 1807. (SM 12/1/7).

Copy Notes Imperfect; vol. I wanting the plates; vol. III wanting additional engraved title and 6 pl.; vol. IV wanting additional engraved title and 11 pl.; indexes wanting to vols. I--IV. Sixty-nine plates found at the end of vol. IV of this copy are from vols. V--VI which are wanting. See B. Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (1983), no. 93, pp. 201--5. Volume II has a scrap of blotting paper with partly legible date 28 July/ 18[??] (possibly in Soane's hand) inserted as a bookmark at p. 445.

Binding C19th calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-rule spine, maroon and green spine-labels. Bound by Hood and McCullock for 13s. on 13 August 1827. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.14).

Reference Number 2494


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