London: printed for the author, and to be had of him at his house in Worcester; and of John Clarke, [London], Bookseller, at the Golden-Ball in Duck-Lane, near Little-Britain, MDCCXXXVII . Full Calf. Reissue of the 1736 edition (with cancel title page printed in red and black) of this account of the bishops of Worcester. Demy 4to (252 x 191mm): ,vi,124; 222; [2,blank],8,210pp, with 27 full-page and five half-page plates of monuments and tombs (including four folding) and three woodcut headpieces (one signed 'FH'), three woodcut tailpieces (one signed 'FH'), and three woodcut factotums. Some words and inscriptions in black letter. "An Account of the Bishops of Worcester" and "Chartæ originales ex registris sedis episcopalis Wygorn" (including Index, which references the whole work) with separate title pages, pagination, and register. Engraved Chippendale armorial book plate of George Kenyon of Peel Esq. Contemporary full calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments separated by raised bands, burgundy morocco lettering piece gilt. Occasional neat, informative marginalia in light pencil, several quires lightly toned, skillful professional repairs to joints and head cap, but a fresh, bright example. Comports completely with Upcott's description of 1736 first edition (excepting canceled title leaf) and is thus the same edition (probably reissued to correct the year up to which the Account of the Bishops is taken: erroneously given as 1660 on 1736 title page). Upcott III, pp. 1342-44. Lowndes 2667. Fine. Item #BB1889
The engraved Chippendale armorial book plate book belonged to one of several eighteenth-century George Kenyons of Peel Hall, a large timber, stone and brick house built in the late sixteenth century. with the title Lord Kenyon. Perhaps the second Baron Kenyon (1776-1855), but more likely, given the florid rococo style of the book plate, a style in sharp decline after 1770, the first. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).