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ANSTEY, Christopher (1724--1805)
[New Bath guide. 1830]
The new Bath guide; or memoirs of the B-n-r-d family, in a series of poetical epistles: by Christopher Anstey, Esq. A new edition: with a biographical and topographical preface, and anecdotical annotations, by John Britton, F.S.A. ... Embellished with engravings.
London: Hurst, Chance & Co., 1830.
lxxvi, 176 p., [5] etched pl. : engr. frontis., add. engr. t.-p. ; 18.7 cm. (8º)

First published in 1766 (4th ed., 1767, q.v.). A form of poetical guide book to a popular tourist spot in the eighteenth century, the satirical essays describe the Blunderhead family's visit to Bath, while depicting the manners and customs of the place in a series of humorous letters and poems, most attributed to women visiting the baths. It was a popular work of the period, much imitated and illustrated, running to five editions within a year of first publication and some forty editions in fifty years, and sometimes thought to have influenced Smollett. The present edition, with notes by John Britton, an antiquary and associate of Soane, has plates by George Cruikshank; the additional engraved title-page and the frontispiece entitled 'Mr. Simkin Dressing for the Ball', protected by a tissue-guard, are drawn and engraved by Samuel Williams. Imprint on title-page verso and at end 'J. Moyes' (Soane's printer). Cohn 34.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the second free-endpaper To / John Soane Esqr / from the Editor. / as a testimonial of / gratitude & esteem. / June 3. 1830.

Binding C19th calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson, 19 June 1830 for 2s. 5d. (Spiers Box. Binding 51).

Reference Number 1404


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