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(Knole) Bridgman, John

An historical and topographical sketch of Knole, in Kent; with a brief genealogy of the Sackville family. Embellished with engravings.
London, W.Lindsell (and others) 1817.
Price: 270 GBP
Reference: 14225

Full Description

8vo. viii + 164pp, 4 engraved plates from drawings by Bridgman dated 1796 (of which 3 are perspective views and one illustrates architectural details), 5 engraved plates with Sackville coats of arms. Original boards, neatly rebacked. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Sarah Ayton on half title leaf, and early twentieth century pencil inscription of J.S.St.Barbe Baker, Bowsey Hill Orchard, Wargrave, on front pastedown endpaper. Plates a little browned at outer margins but text pages in generally good, fresh condition.
First edition of this history and guide book to Knole, the ancestral seat of the Sackville family, built in the second half of the fifteenth century and enlarged to its present impressive size in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Its author, John Bridgman, House Steward to the Dowager Duchess of Dorset, provides good coverage of the extensive picture collection, and biographical notes on the house’s successive owners from the fifteenth century onwards. He concludes with reprinting a then recent obituary notice of the last Sackville owner in the male line, the 4th Duke of Dorset (1793-1815), a promising youth whose university career was interrupted by a severe eye injury incurred while playing real tennis, and who soon afterwards died from a fall while hunting in Ireland. Upcott, i, 632*-633*.

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