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Bourne, Henry.
The History of Newcastle upon Tyne: or, The Ancient and Present State of That Town.
Publisher: Printed and Sold by John White, Newcastle upon Tyne;
Date of Publication: 1757
Stock Code: 5606
SECOND EDITION. Foolscap folio, pp [4], viii, 246, [5] Appendix. Frontispiece plan of Newcastle (with added manuscript Key tipped-in), letterpress title, dedication leaf, List of Subscribers. Contemporary full polished calf, sympathetically recased retaining original boards with modern spine. Gilt titles to spine and dark brown ruling; original endpapers. Top edge stained brown, others stained red. Boards lightly scuffed and bruised to edge. Armorial bookplate of the Aitchison family to front pastedown. Endpapers toned and scattered light foxing otherwise contents clean and bright. Overall condition Very Good.
Originally published 1736 with identical title page but with the final leaf of “Of the Government of the Town” running up to 1757. The earliest attempt at a comprehensive history of the town and the basis for Brand’s history 40 years later. The first printing of 1736 had a print run of only 300 copies, Bourne laboured upon it right up until his death “the perplexities of authorship bore so heavily upon him that he fell ill. Still he worked on” and the book was published posthumously for the benefit of his family. Scarce, particularly with the plan of the city which is often lacking. Welford, volume I, pp., 353-357.
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