Large folio, pp. , iv, 551, [1 (blank)], 46, x, with 14 copper-engraved plates; without the county map by John Harris; otherwise a very fine copy, bright and broad-margined, plate I trimmed to platemark and mounted, plates XII and XIII with marginal repairs, very occasional light marks, title lightly toned and thumbed; early nineteenth-century russia by Wheeler of Oxford (turn-in signed in gilt, endpapers watermarked ‘1816’), borders richly tooled in blind and gilt, spine in compartments, lettered directly in gilt, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, green endpapers, green ribbon place-marker; lightly rubbed with a few bumps, split to upper joint repaired, otherwise an attractive copy; chrysolithographic armorial bookplate ‘Leigh’ to upper pastedown.
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The natural History of Northampton-Shire, with some Account of the Antiquities, to which is annex’d a Transcript of Doomsday-Book, so far as it relates to that County.
First edition of Morton’s systematic natural history of Northamptonshire. Compiled over the course of a decade, Morton’s Natural History provides a careful account of the natural history, minerals, fossils, and geography of the county, accompanied by fourteen large copper-engravings. Though he limited his research strictly to Northamptonshire, Morton built on correspondence with Ray, Sloane, Nicolson, and others, subsequently gave nearly one thousand of his specimens to Sloane.
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