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First editions. Large 4to. pp. 58, [2] + 2 engraved folding plates; 57, [1], lacking final blank + 2 full-page engraved and 1 folding plate; 24; 38, [2]. With woodcut initials and ornaments, small engraving of the monument of Dr Mead glued to flyleaf. I-III: edges uncut and a trifle dusty, slight toning, occasional minor marginal foxing, t-ps and verso of last leaves a bit dusty, IV: minor yellowing. 19th-century half calf over boards, joints and corners single gilt ruled, raised bands, spine gilt. Boards minimally rubbed.
Dealer Notes
[Full title:] A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire [with] Further Observations upon the White Horse and Other Antiquities in Berkshire. With an account of Whiteleaf-Cross in Buckinghamshire. [with] The Impertinence and Imposture of Modern Antiquaries Display’d. [with] An Answer to a Scandalous Libel.
A fascinating, uncommon sammelband of the first editions of four works related to the archaeological activity, in Berkshire, of Francis Wise, Radcliffe librarian at Oxford and antiquary. The first, his most famous, is especially concerned with the origins of the Anglo-Saxon monument of the White Horse, in the namesake vale, and concluded that it was made to commemorate the victory of King Alfred over the Danes in the year 871. It is also accompanied by two handsome engraved views of the mountain and the White Horse from the distance. The second work adds to the first, with further discussion of the monument and additional material on the hill of Whiteleaf-Cross, handsomely illustrated. The last two works are anonymous satirical works: one, by William Asplin, harshly criticises Wise’s conclusions, the other berates the refutation.
Author Wise, Francis: [Philalethes Rusticus, i.e., William Asplin]: [Anon.]:
Date 1738, 1742, 1740, [1741].
Publisher Oxford: Printed for Thomas Wood at the University Printing-House,

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