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The Environs of London:

LYSONS Daniel (1795-1800)

£4500.00  [First Edition]

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Being an Historical Account of the Towns, Villages, and Hamlets, within Twelve Miles of that Capital; Interspersed with Biographical Anecdotes.Hand-coloured vignette on the title-page of each volume, and 80 plates, 60 of them coloured, including 2 folding family tables. 1264 coats-of-arms and crests drawn in pencil and hand-coloured in gouache heightened in gold and silver by Eliza Gulston (signed by her, within a hand-painted roccocco cartouche on the verso of the Dedication leaf). Second Edition of Vol. 1, First Edition of Vols. 2-5. 5 volumes. 4to. Large Paper Copies. Bound in contemporary russia with H. Walther's ticket in vol. 1, the covers with triple gilt fillet borders, the spines with five double bands, and simple gilt tooling (vol. 5 bound to match vols. 1-4, probably by another binder; a little light wear particularly to the headcaps). London: for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies,

This second edition of vol. I, (first published in 1792), was printed by A. Strahan, for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, in 1796. Vols 2 and 3 are dated 1795 and vol. 4 is 1796. Vol. 5, which is entitled An Historical Account of those Parishes in the County of Middlesex, which are not described in the Environs of London is the issue with the colophon on p.316 reading "Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, London", and with a final errata leaf. The Environs was the principal work of Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), who drew and etched many of the illustrations himself. "The whole forms a work of permenant value; the arrangement is clear and the style interesting; while the copious extracts fron the parochial registers, though occasionally inaccurate, are useful to the biographer and genealogist" (DNB). Lysons provided detailed notes on the coats-of-arms and crests of local families. 1264 of these have been accurately drawn in pencil, and hand-coloured in gouache by the first owner of these volumes, Eliza Gulston. The large margins are filled with her handiwork, which despite some minor offsetting, remain in excellent bright condition. Each volume bears her bookplate, and though her identity is now unknown, she may have been a relation of the collector and connoisseur, Joseph Gulston (1745-1786). Also with the bookplates of Crewe Hall and Lord Wardington.

Stock Code: 48507