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Subject: Topography & Local Interest Printing Year: 1824 and 1827
Format: Antique binding restored Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Sub-Subject: Lewes Sussex

The History and Antiquities of Lewes and its Vicinity. With the Natural History of the District by Gideon Mantell. Complete with 38 plates and the large folding map.


J Baxter, Sussex Press, Lewes, 1824 & 1827. First edition, 2 volumes, 4to. The two volumes have the original illustrated boards and have been re-backed in quarter cloth with hollow spines, head- and tail-bands and facsimiles of the original paper labels. There are vignette illustrations to the title pages. In the two volumes a total of 27 family pedigrees are set out. All the listed plates, maps and engravings are present.

Volume 1: xiv + [2] + 344pp + xlvi (seven appendices; including “Outlines of the Natural History of the environs of Lewes” by Gideon Mantell and lists of notables), + v (index) + [1] (advertisement). There is a folding frontispiece plus 29 lithographic plates, 2 maps, (one a large folding plan of Lewes and its environs; the other in the text), 23 wood engravings and 3 double sided folding sheet pedigrees.

Volume 2: x, 268pp, xxv (several appendices; including An Itinerary of Sussex), 4pp (index). There is a frontispiece and 7 copper engraved plates, 13 wood engravings (two of these are to be found on a separate plate showing the Royal Pavilion and the Chain Pier in Brighton). There are 3 folding pedigrees and 9 further single sheet pedigrees covering 13 families with 13 more printed within the paginated text.  A further 2 copper engraved plates and another pedigree are included before page one which were supplied with volume 2 as additional adornments to volume 1. Also supplied with this volume was a “uniform Title Page” for volume 1 which is found in this volume behind its title page. This volume contains detailed topographical descriptions of 43 villages around Lewes.

Book Condition: Very Good. The boards are, however somewhat stained, rubbed and bumped, more especially Vol I. The large folding view of Lewes has a small repair to the top margin and strengthening to an edge. The engraved title to this volume has some closed tears and creases but no loss. The large folding map has had tears neatly repaired with no loss and has some foxing. (See image). Some plates in volume 1 are a trifle spotted. The paper in volume two is browner than that of volume one, with three openings rather dark. This appears to be common with this volume, presumably due to the paper stock used by the local printer. There is some foxing in volume 2 largely limited to the tissue guards and sometimes the associated plate.

Current Internet prices for a 2 Volume set range from £525 to £675. My price just £330.

One of hundreds of books from theoldmapman collection. Ask for items of interest and, if available, I will show them here without obligation.

Books about 3.5kg when packed, so UK delivery will be by Parcelforce express48 using eBay’s discounted scheme at £11.99

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