BRITTON, John (1771-1857) and Edward Wedlake BRAYLEY (1773-1855). The Beauties of England and Wales--J. Norris BREWER. Introduction to ... the Beauties of England and Wales. London: Vernor, Hood, Sharpe, and others, 1801-1818.
19 volumes in 26, 8° (237 x 143mm). 25 engraved additional titles, 25 engraved frontispieces, 2 hand-coloured folding maps, and 686 engraved plates. (Vol. VII with some final leaves re-margined, vols. X,2 and X,3 without letterpress title and indices, plates with some browning, spotting, and occasional offsetting, text with occasional light offsetting or marginal spotting.) Contemporary English calf gilt by J. Mackenzie, spines gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 2, others with a semé of overlapping circled stars, boards with gilt double rule borders and gilt flower-tool cornerpieces, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges, silk markers (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Christopher Turnor, Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire (1810-1886, bookplates) -- Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (bookplates).
THE TURNOR SET, HANDSOMELY BOUND BY MACKENZIE, binder to King George IV and King William IV. This formidable topographical survey is the highlight of a fruitful partnership between Britton and Brayley which lasted 65 years. 'In the crowded field of English topography there had been nothing so comprehensive since Camden's Magna Britannia' (ODNB). The final volume, Brewer's Introduction, consists of a historical survey of British antiquities, an exhaustive bibliography, and an account of the numerous quarrels which punctuated the work's compilation. Beauties cost an remarkable £50,000 to produce and required heroic effort: for the first five volumes alone the authors travelled 3,500 miles, often on foot. On vol. IX, p. 779 is a description of Stoke House, the residence of Edmund Turnor, the antiquary and father of Christopher Turnor, who was the previous owner of this set and of Stoke Rochford Hall, which was built for him by William Burn, who also undertook Turnor's commission to restore Stoke Rochford church (described on vol. XI, pp. 778-779). Lowndes pp.138-140; Spalding I, pp.38-54; Upcott xvi. (26)