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Book Description

Folio. Portrait facing Title, Dedication, Preface, Ode to Kent, list of subscribers + 592 pp. + xl index . Illustrated with a large folding engraved map of the county within heraldic border. Maps of Romney Marsh and the Isle of Thanet, and 39 views (35 double-page) of Kentish houses including a fine panorama of Rochester and Chatham and the famous view of the Pantiles at Tunbridge Wells. Bound in full paneled calf, gilt expertly rebacked. A nice tall copy with the plates and maps in very good preservation, occasional light foxing to fore-edges affecting one or two plates and the text lightly browned as is normal, a few paper faults and the binding worn on extremites, but a very good copy.
Dealer Notes
This copy has the heraldic bookplate of Robert Bristow of London. This magnificent illustrated history was never to be completed and Harris's work was not published until shortly after his death in 1719. It is much prized today for the sumptuous plates and maps which provide us with a picture of Kent at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The views of the great Kentish houses, by Kip and Badeslade, which utilize the birds-eye projection, show not only the house and gardens in detail but the countryside around and its cultivation. The great map of the county by Parker, within the coats of arms of the noblemen and gentry is, probably, the most splendid and decorative ever printed. The Map of Romney Marsh is also a rarity. This book is becoming very hard to find complete as the value of this type of illustration has caused numerous copies to be broken up.
Author HARRIS, JOHN.
Date 1719
Publisher London : Printed and sold by D. Midwinter, at the Three Crowns in St Pauls Church-Yard
Condition A very good copy

Price: £4750.00

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