Canterbury: Printed for the Author, 1776. [Kent Topography] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 12cm), pp.; xxxvi; 828; . With the folding distances chart. In recent brown quarter calf with raised bands and gilt titles to a red label on the spine. Marbled paper over boards. Textblock toned to edges, some thumbing and chipping to title page and first blank. Occasional contemporary annotation. Pages 289-298 misbound but all complete and present. Paper repair to chipped distances chart with some marginal loss to text. A scare title with no other copies listed for sale at the time of cataloguing. Very good. 'This work includes a minute and interesting account of the antient and present state of Kent, civil, ecclesiastical, and military, from the earliest times to this century, with all the improvements of the arts, of civilization, and luxury. It comprehends all the chief harbours, bays, rivers, docks, forests, hills, valleys, medicinal springs, and other curiosities both of nature and art; and not only takes notice of all the Manors and seats in the County, but also points out the old Military Ways, camps, castles, and other remarkable ruins of Roman, Saxon, Danish, and Anglo-Norman Antiquity. It shews particularly the estates that were formerly Abbey lands, and mentions the manufacture and trade, the privileges and customs, the principle buildings and charitable foundations of the two Cities, corporations, and the most noted villages, with their distances from London, in measured miles. The ancient and obscure terms of the Feudal Law, and the obsolete tenures and customs relative to it, are also explained.'. Item #52883
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