Hunter, Joseph.

HALLAMSHIRE. The History and Topography of the Parish of SHEFFIELD.

Published: London: Lackington,Hughes, Harding, Mavor and Jones. Finsbury Square 1819

Date: 1819

A superb copy of the First Edition printed for the author by Richard and Arthur Taylor in full signed contemporary calf by the Sheffield binder "Townsend". Five raised bands with ruled compartments marbled endpapers and gilt dentelles, red leather label and dated to spine, aeg. Folio x(i) 299pps. 2 page list of subscribers and monogramed bookplate for "MAR" [Mary Anne Rawson of Wincobank Hall. "MAR" nee [Mary Anne Read 1801-1887] was an abolitionist and a prominent figure in the Sheffield Female Anti Slave Society she was a campaigner for many causes but above all anti slavery. She was the daughter of Joseph Read the succesfull Sheffield Smelter of precious metals. [ A full account of her life and achievements can be found on various websites] Steel engraved frontispiece and eight plates plus seven wood engraved vignettes. A particularly bright clean copy with an important provenance. Loosely inserted is an issue [8pp's] of "Figaro in Sheffield" for 27th June 1835 the rare satirical paper ; extract from Letters to the editor. Sir - I am a scissor smith in Spring Street,and am in want of an apprentice who is willing to work about fourteen or fifteen hours a day without complaining. He will have a good example before him, for I have already trained a boy to work the above hours so steadily that he neither looks to the right, nor the left which gives him more the appearance of a piece of mechanism...


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