Auction 171, Lot 450

"Some Account of London; Third Edition",

Subject: London, England

Period: 1793 (published)


Color: Black & White

7.9 x 10 inches
20.1 x 25.4 cm

This is the third edition of Thomas Pennant's important work on London, first published in 1790. Despite living his entire life in Wales, Pennant's work was well received by the public and went through many editions through the early 19th century. This complete volume includes a frontispiece of Charles I, 13 plates (all but one with tissue guards), and a folding panoramic map of London and Westminster in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Anno Dom. 1563 (21.0 x 7.7"). It covers the region from St. James Place east to Tower Bridge, and from Clerkenwell south to Shakespeare's Playhouse. A key at bottom locates various gates, fountains, walks, walls, and more. Plates of particular interest include "The Fire of London, 1666" and "The Old Horse Guards" among others. 502 pages plus index. Rebound in attractive full leather with gilt title, tooling, and raised bands on spine.


Condition: A

Internally mostly clean, bright, and near fine. The folding map of London has faint foxing, a small abrasion along the right fold, and a few small fold separations confined to the blank margins that have been closed on verso with archival tape (B+). The folding plate of the "Great Fire" has some light dampstaining confined to the bottom blank margin. There is only minor wear to the modern binding.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/6/2019