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HUGHSON, David.

Walks through London,

including Westminster and the borough of Southwark, with the surrounding suburbs; describing every thing worthy of observation in the public buildings, places of entertainment, exhibitions, commercial and literary institutions, &c. down to the present period: forming a complete guide to the British metropolis.

Sherwood, Neely, and Jones [and 13 others in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dublin], London , 1817. Stock Code: 119726
£500.00
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First edition, large paper issue, of this delightful illustrated guide to Regency London, laid out in eighteen walks around the metropolis. In many ways this is the forerunner of the modern guide book, giving a small map and directions for each perambulation. Hughson also compiled an illustrated history and description of London, issued in parts and then published as six volumes between 1806 and 1809. Lowndes states that "the author's real name is Ed. Pugh"; which may have been confusion with the Welsh-born but London-resident, Edward Pugh (c.1763-1813), miniature painter and topographer. Adams names him as "David Pugh".
"Daniel Pugh, alias Hughson, was clearly not going to be outdone by Pennant and Lysons, two other resolute foot-sloggers, when he added to the title pages of his five volume description of London 'from an actual perambulation'. Twelve years later he was again on the march to gather material for Walks through London after the 'walks' themselves' The book is rounded off with a 20 page architectural history and includes 'improvements' which were then impending such as Nash's Regent Street, already adumbrated on two of the plans... The refinement of the vignettes and the small-scale, well-proportioned copper plates look forward to the delicacy of detail which, at the end of the decade following, became a commonplace among engravers on steel" (Adams).
A very appealing copy and most uncommon in the original boards.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (225 x 140 mm). Original pale yellowish-gray drab boards skilfully rebacked with the original spines laid-down, front covers with wood-engraving of Gog and Magog at the Guildhall, untrimmed. Housed in a custom-made period-style red half morocco solander box, marbled sides.

Illustrations

96 engraved plates by Greig, Higham, Wallis, and Varrall, large folding map (extending from Hyde Park to West India Dock, Pentonville Road to Lambeth Palace), 24 woodcuts in the text.

Condition

Boards a little foxed and rubbed at extremities, scattered foxing internally. A very good set in the original boards, with the half-titles and plate of Finsbury Square: "Not listed in the 'Directions' and often found wanting" (Adams).

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