London: Printed for Robson and Clarke, 1789. [English Topography]. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.viii, 602 . In contemporary speckled tan calf boards, recently re-backed to-style with original green title label pasted to spine. Pencil ownership inscriptions of A. FitzAlan to pastedowns, dated 1899. Thumbing and chipping to edges of title page. Final leaf of text with a 4cm tear horizontally across the middle. Moderate wear to boards. Very good. A popular tour of the West Country, from London via Oxford and Worcester down towards St Austell and Lostwithiel in Cornwall, where the author investigated the state of the tin mining industry and local fishing for pilchards. Returning along the south coast, he visited places such as Lyme, Portland, Lymington, Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, and the new canal from Basingstoke to the Wey. Shaw was eventually driven to insanity and an early death by his work on 'History and Antiquities of Staffordshire', one volume of which was published in 1798. Item #49737
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