Jones' Views of the Seats, Mansions, Castles, &c. of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England: Accompanied with Historical Descriptions of the Mansions, Lists of Pictures, Statues, &c. and Genealogical Sketches of the Families and their Possessors
Three volumes that cover England. Each volume is 275x215mm and has 2 views to a plate. Volume I has 152 views on 76 engraved plates. According to the title page it covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Durham, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. Although not mentioned Essex is included with 8 views. In addition there are 12 more views of Kent than listed. Volume II has 152 views on 76 engraved plates. It lacks both the decorative title page and the second title page which in Volume I lists the counties covered. However, the counties are named in the list of views. These are Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Worcestershire & Yorkshire. Although not mentioned Rutland is included with 2 views, Surrey 12 views (+ 2 that have been bound in twice) and Sussex with 10 views (again + 2 that have been bound in twice) There is a printed note at the bottom of the page listing the views: "The Binder is requested to place as many Counties in the Volume, as are enumerated in the above, and cancel the ORIGINAL Index". Given the extra counties that have been bound in, it would appear that the Binder ignored the note. Volume III has the decorative title page but looks as if it has been bound without the second title page that lists the counties covered nor a list of views. However, the counties covered are Cornwall, Devonshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Somerset & Wiltshire. There are 80 views on 40 plates. All three volumes are half-leather with gilt lettering and bands. The covers are marked and worn, particularly on the edges. Internally all three volumes are foxed and nearly every plate has a water damage. It looks as if at some point water penetrated the bottom half of the plate pages. Oddly the printed pages with the descriptions are not affected, nor are the covers or marbled endpapers. Volume II is not as badly affected in that the satin appears on the reverse of the plates but has not come through to the front on most.
Author Jones & Co:
Publisher Jones & Co, Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square