A Description of Blackpool, in Lancashire, Frequented for Sea-Bathing. The Third Edition.

  • Hutton, William
  • London: Printed by and for Nichols, Son and Bentley 1817


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8vo, pp. iv, 49, [3]. Later blue sugar-paper wrappers. Somewhat toned and spotted, central vertical crease through front wrapper and preface leaves. Titled in pencil to front wrapper.


This guide to Blackpool has its genesis, per his preface to the second edition printed here, when poet and historian William Hutton (1723-1815) found himself 'struck with the place,' and went into partnership with a consortium of landlords to produce the first edition in 1788. They neglected to pay him, so Hutton produced a second edition in 1804, which he hoped would be more successful for him, although a posthumous postscript from the publishers introducing this third edition to the effect that 'a fire destroyed nearly all the copies of the second edition,' would suggest otherwise. Copac records 8 copies, most in the north of England.

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