Philipott, Thomas

Villare Cantianum ; or, Kent surveyed and illustrated. being an exact description of all the parishes, boroughs, villages, and other respective manors in the county of Kent … to which is added an historical catalogue of the High Sheriffs of Kent ; collected by John Philipott, Esq., father to the author. The second edition, corrected.

Lynn, W.Whittingham (and others) 1776.

Reference: 11112
Price: £650 [convert currency]

Full Description

Folio. (4) + iv + 400 + (12)pp, folding engraved map of Kent, folding engraved perspective view of Bromley College, one other engraved plate. Nineteenth century quarter calf, marbled boards (incorporating remains of spine from an earlier binding). Ink ownership inscription of Charles Pemberton Carter, 1863. Bookplate of Jill Allibone. Intermittent slight internal browning and plates also a little browned.

An essentially unchanged reissue of the first edition of Philipott’s Villare Cantianum, originally published in 1659 (for the respective collations of these two editions see Upcott, vol.i, pp 352-3). The material for Villare Cantianum seems in fact to have been assembled by Thomas Philipott’s father, John Philipott (c.1589-1645), Somerset Herald, who had directed in his will that his “book of the Survey of Kent” should be printed after his death, but it was Thomas Philipott who arranged for its ultimate publication and took the credit for the published volume. The book remains a useful source for the history of the county and of its landowning families up to the middle of the seventeenth century.