Title: Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and Other Adjacent Parts in the Counties of Oxford and Bucks.
Publication: Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1695.
Description: First edition. 4to., pp. [xvi] 703 [cxlvi] + 9 plates (8 folding). Spotted and intermittently browned, small burnholes to 2 leaves causing loss of at most 2 letters, a spot of marginal worming at end (once just touching a letter), a few pencil and early ink marginal notes (some shaved). Later calf, boards bordered in gilt line and blind rolls (with gilt cornerpieces), sometime rebacked with gilt-ruled and stamped spine, red and green morocco labels with gilt, hinges relined with strong paper, scratched, rubbed around the edges, corners & sides worn, leather peeling a bit on upper board.
The first edition of "the first substantial parish history", which, "tracing the land tenures in north Oxfordshire before and after the Norman conquest, [...] showed that a new structure of landholding was imposed by William I" (ODNB). "The volume contains nine plates of churches and seats, by Michael Burghers, distinguished by a certain kind of character, like that of the Flemish school of painters, which is exceedingly amusing and attractive" (Cens. Lit., 2nd edn., Art. CCCXXIII).
Bibliography: Upcott III 1070.
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