London, South Kensington
13 April 2006
[WORSLEY, Sir Richard (1751-1805)]. The History of the Isle of Wight. London: A. Hamilton for R. Dodsley [and others], 1781. 4° (292 x 228mm). Large folding engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, and 31 plates, 19 double-page, by Vivares, Godfrey and others, engraved title-vignette and a few tailpieces, folding printed genealogical table (folding map clumsily repaired with sellotape at inner margin, a little offsetting and spotting). Contemporary English red straight-grained morocco, flat spine gilt and with green lettering-pieces, single fillet round sides, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: Sir Charles Chadwyck Healey (armorial bookplate) -- Major Abbey's copy (armorial bookplate and note at the end stating that he bought it at the Chadwyck Healey sale at Hodgson's 16 April 1942, lot 231).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of Worsley's History of the Isle of Wight, of which Worsley had been governor for some years. There are two views of his house, Appuldurcombe, which housed his extraordinary collection of antiquities, gathered during a European tour in 1785-87, whose catalogue cost a staggering £2,887. 4s. to print. Cox III, 427.
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