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(Blenheim Palace) (Mavor, William Fordyce)

A new description of Blenheim, the seat of the Duke of Marlborough : containing a full and accurate account of the paintings, tapestry, and furniture ; a picturesque tour of the gardens and park ; a general description of the china gallery, etc. ... with a preliminary essay on landscape gardening. Eleventh edition, improved ; embellished with an elegant view of the park, new views, &. &.
Oxford, “sold by H.Slatter, Herald Office, High Street” (1827).
Price: 275 GBP
Reference: 14557
   

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8vo. vi + (2) + 133 + (3)pp, 4 engraved plates, 2 litho plates, folding engraved plan, also folding litho plan (small tears at folds of plans repaired, without loss). Contemporary quarter green morocco, marbled boards. Contemporary ink ownership inscription “Lowndes” at top of title leaf (the Lowndes family were major landowners in the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire) . A little minor spotting.
The standard late eighteenth century - early nineteenth century guide book to Blenheim Palace, first published in a different form in 1787 and issued in a succession of revised editions from then onwards. The text for all the editions down to the present one was supplied by Rev.William Fordyce Mavor (1756-1837), who when a young man had tutored the children of the 4th Duke of Marlborough, and was to become both Rector of Bladon with Woodstock, and Head Master of Woodstock Grammar School. There are full descriptions of the house and of its principal state rooms, open to the public every afternoon except Sundays between 2 pm and 4pm (as stated in this volume), and also an extensive description of the surrounding park and grounds. The tenth edition of the guide book had been issued in 1817. The first issue of the eleventh edition probably dates from the early 1820s (see our Catalogue 72, item 11), but the present copy belongs to a later issue of the same edition, with the date “Oxford, June 1827” at the foot of the volume’s dedication to the Duke of Marlbrough, and with an added folding lithograph plate of “a piece of ground near the Aviary in Blenheim Gardens .. planted by His Grace the Duke of Marlborough 1827”. BAL Cat 4006 (seventh edition, 1806).

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