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CROYDON, Edward (publ.)

A Guide to the Watering Places, on the coast, between the Exe and the Dart;

Including Teignmouth, Dawlish, and Torquay, embellished with a general view of Teignmouth and Dawlish, and the various Seats around them, With a short Description of the Neighbourhood; To which will be subjoined, by special Leave, from the Honourable the Board of Ordnance, a reduced part of their grand map.

Teignmouth: printed and sold by E. Croydon; sold also at Gore's Dawlish, and Gilbert's, Torquay, 1817 Stock Code: 100333
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Contemporary red morocco gilt

First edition, a superior copy in red morocco, with the bookplate of John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury.

Fisher was "a highly cultured prelate, a generous patron of both authors and artists, and a capable sketcher; he was chaplain to the Royal Academy in 1807 and helped to set up the British Institution the previous year. For the last twenty-five years of his life he was one of John Constable's leading patrons" (ODNB). The work concludes with a chapter on the conchology of the region. The work is variously attributed to Edward Croydon, the publisher; William Bonneau Noble (1780-1831), the illustrator; or the engravers, Daniel Havell and James Shury.

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Octavo (211 x 134 mm), in four parts. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, flat spine gilt in compartments, sides panelled in gilt and blind and centred with a blind arabesque within a wide gilt lozenge, brown endpapers, edges gilt.


Folding engraved map as frontispiece, 16 hand-coloured aquatint plates by D. Havell and others after Noble, 3 of these folding.


With the contemporary bookplate and ownership inscription of Elizabeth Mirehouse, and with the bookplate on the rear pastedown of John Fisher (1758-1825), Bishop of Salisbury. Extremities rubbed, the map with short marginal tear, occasional light browning, an excellent copy.


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