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(Sprange, Jasper)

The Tunbridge Wells guide ; or an account of the ancient and present state of that place, to which is added a particular description of the towns and villages, remains of antiquity, gentlemen’s seats, founderies, &, &, within the circumference of sixteen miles.

Tunbridge Wells, “printed and sold by J.Sprange, at his circulating library” 1780.

Reference: 10025
Price: £740 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title leaf, engraved dedication leaf, viii + 68 + 54 + vi + (46)(numbered 53-98) + xii + (8) (numbered 99-106) + vi + (72) (numbered 107-178) + 14 + 16pp, with one leaf of adverts at end. Contemporary full calf. One leaf neatly repaired for a minor tear, without loss, and slight offsetting on title leaf, but a good, fresh copy.

Scarce first edition of this excellent late eighteenth century guide book to Tunbridge Wells and its vicinity, providing a history and description of the spa town of Tunbridge Wells itself, and notes on the principal country houses in the neighbouring parts of Kent and Sussex. The book incorporates three separately paginated lists of the portraits and Old Master paintings in the collections at Penshurst Place (vi pp), Knole (xii pp) and Mereworth (vi pp), as well as a particularly useful list, incorporated in the text proper (pp 133-8), of the paintings in an unfamiliar and long-dispersed collection belonging to the Duke of St.Albans, kept at his house at Glastenbury, near Cranbrook, Kent (asterisks indicate paintings recently transferred there from the Duke’s apartments at Windsor Castle).