An Historical and Descriptive Account of The Town of Lancaster: Collected From The Best Authorities.

  • [Clark, Christopher]
  • Lancaster: Printed and Published by C. Clark 1807


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. vii, [i], 118, [4], 119-128, [6] + folding map frontispiece and 3 plates, of which 2 folding. Untrimmed and sewn on cords, loosely inserted in a case of modern half leather over card boards. Some spotting, a little offsetting from plates. 2 inscriptions to flyleaf: ‘The Late Matthew Gregson’s Copy with MS notes,’ and ‘From The Library of the Late Rev. Tho. Corser, M.A., F.A.S. Stand Rectory Manchester’; ink notes to blank leaf to rear.


A Frankenstein edition of a Lancaster guidebook, partially-bound and with notes attributed the author of an important history of the area. The text-block has been prepared for binding, and comprises the 118 pages of the first edition, an unnumbered leaf of 'Alterations and Additions' dated 1807, a leaf of contemporary ink notes, and then a section, separately stitched (as issued?), containing an 'Additional Appendix', an index for the whole work, a further 'Alterations and Additions' leaf dated September 1811 and an errata leaf. This latter section, dating from the year of the second edition was plausibly offered as a supplement to owners of the first edition.
Two different hands record the provenance of this copy, the first identifies the annotator as Matthew Gregson (1749-1824) antiquarian and author of the three-volume 'Portfolio of Fragments relative to the History and Antiquities of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster,' the second, ownership of fellow antiquarian Rev Thomas Corser (1793-1876), one of the founders of The Chetham Society.

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