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Tate, George.
The History of the Borough, Castle, and Barony of Alnwick [2 volume complete set].
Publisher: Henry Hunter Blair, Alnwick;
Date of Publication: 1866
Stock Code: 9462
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. vi, [4], 480; [5], iv-vi, 481, [1], xxiv Appendix. Vol I, 9 plates including frontispiece and 39 figures within text; Vol II, 12 plates including frontispiece and 6 figures within text (21 plates in total as called for). Publishers’ original deep emerald green cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine, and decoration in blind to boards. Cover cloth lightly scuffed, with slight wear at spine tips and corners. From the library of Collingwood F. Thorp of Alnwick with his ownership inscription to ffep dated 1919, below earlier gift inscription to Henry Bell. A little scattered foxing; damp staining to upper margin of plates to Vol II. A Very Good set.
Tate (1805-1871) was a Freeman of Alnwick, the local Postmaster, a founder member of the Alnwick Mechanics Scientific Institution and secretary to the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club, and a member of many learned societies. As a pillar of the Alnwick community the publication of this history of his home town was marked by a special banquet at the town hall. This history was regarded as so comprehensive that Alnwick was not included in the mammoth 15 volume ‘A History of Northumberland’. Former owner Collingwood Forster Thorp of the Belvedere at Alnwick was one of the notable Thorp’s of Alnwick and was a partner in the firm of Dickson, Archer & Thorp who for five generations of the Thorp family represented the Duke of Northumberland as well as most of the notables of the county. Archdeacon Charles Thorp owned the Farne Islands and was instrumental in them being donated to the National Trust. Heavyweight so a contribution towards increased postage costs will be requested for overseas delivery.
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