London: Kent and Co, Tonbridge: Richard Ware, n.d. . FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.232. With seven engraved plates. Green cloth with ornate gilt margins to boards, gilt titles and decoration to spine and upper board. All edges gilt. Spine has at some point been professionally rebacked. Bookbinders label of Hanbury and Simpson to front pastedown, Somerhill Library bookplate to front free endpaper. Tissue guard to frontispiece plate heavily browned and torn, no tissue guards to other plates, if issued. Some thumbing and pencil marks and indentations, in a juvenile hand, interspersed throughout the textblock. Some light spotting throughout. Trace of old tape residue to gutter next to the first page of the preface. Cloth worn to extremities with loss to the corners, generally bright. Some small closed tears to some pages, some old tape reinforcement to some of the prelims. Aside from these faults a very good copy of a damned scarce title. A rare book, only three other copies listed on COPAC, at Oxford, Cambridge, and the British Library. A curious volume containing a collection of short essays etc. on Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, and Tunbridge Wells. Chapters include a poem entitled "The Death of the Tonbridge Soldier on the Heights of Sebaststopol", "an Adventure in Knole Park", and "The Subterranean Passages of Tonbridge Castle" Item #46697
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