DUCATUS LEODIENSIS, by Ralph Thoresby - 1816


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Ducatus Leodiensis: or, the Topography of the Ancient and Populous Town and Parish of Leedes, and Parts Adjacent, in the West-Riding of the County of York

with the Pedigrees of Many of the Nobility and Gentry, and other Matters relating to those Parts; extracted from Records, Original Evidences, and Manuscripts

by Ralph Thoresby

with Notes and Additions by Thomas Dunham Whitaker

Second Edition. Fully Illustrated and Complete. Leeds, England: Robinson, Son, and Holdsworth, 1816.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Second Edition was rebound in plain buckram with gilt on spine.
  • Book displays gentle overall wear and aging.
  • Covers exhibit light overall toning, some dark scuffs, and minimal bumping of corners. (See photos)
  • Back cover has a <1/4" scuffed chip exposing white board. (See photos)
  • Spine shows minimal warping, as well as some darkening along shoulders, descending approx. 4" from head. 
  • Binding is secure overall.
  • Endpapers are gently toned with little smudging.
  • Half-title page, frontis, title page and last illustration page show heavy foxing, both marginal and going into text and illustrations. (See photos)
  • Illustrations display frequent marginal foxing that often goes into illustration, and are otherwise well preserved with gentle toning.
  • Interior is gently toned, with light scattered foxing, mostly but not only marginal, occasional smudges, and offsets and shadows from facing pages. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges display commensurate aging, with remnants of inking along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200305

17 pages + 261 pages + 123 pages + 159 pages + 88 pages. 10.75 x 16.75 inches.

Second edition was rebound in plain buckram with gilt on spine.

Book features numerous B&W plates as well as fold-outs. Volume is divided in three parts: Ducatus Leodiensis, or, the Topography of the Town and Parish of Leedes; Museum Thoresbyanum, or, a Catalogue of the Antiquities, etc.; A Catalogue and Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities in this Museum. Additionally includes a Preface with Life of the Author and an Index to the Ducatus Leodiensis. 

This fascinating volume, originally published in 1715 as a detailed topographic study of the town of Leeds and its surroundings, is now complete with "notes and additions" as well as a captivating complementary chapter with anecdotes such as: the artificial and natural curiosities of the Museum Thoresbyanum, particularly coins of the Roman, British, Saxon, Danish, Norman and Scotch, as well as modern medals; a catalog of manuscripts, and the various editions of the Bible as well as of books published in the early days of the invention of printing; and finally, an account of accidents of some persons, attempted after the method of Dr Plot.

Ralph Thoresby (1658-1724) was a British historian and antiquarian. Widely credited as being the first historian of his native town of Leeds, he was, aside from being a merchant, a non-conformist, fellow of the Royal Society, diarist, author, common councilman in the Corporation of Leeds, and museum keeper. 

Thomas Dunham Whitaker (1759-1821) was an English clergyman and topographer. He published, aside from works of topography, several sermons and a political speech, and wrote numerous articles for the Quarterly Review between 1809 and 1818.

EDITION POINTS: Second Edition, rebound in plain buckram in a single volume with all three parts + Preface and Index.

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