The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire

The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire


J. Nichols


Shaw, Rev. Stebbing



Two volumes (all published, 1798-1801, Volume One - [2], v-xvi, xxi-xxiv, [2], 1-125, [1], i-xii, *xi-*xii, xiii-xxxviii, 1-156, *153-*158, 157-164, 165*-166*, 165-210, 207*-214*, 211-414, *411-*416, 415-434, 1-38pp and Volume Two - xxxii, 1-13, [1], 1-22, *21-*22, 23-30, 27*-30*, 31-106, 105*-107*, 107-172, *171-*172, 173-220, *221-*222, 221-290, 1-20pp.

Early twentieth century morocco, raised bands, spines in seven panels, title lettered direct to second panel, author and volume to third, remaining panels with volute corner pieces and large central lozenge piece all in gilt, covers with dog tooth roll border surrounding a triple fillet, with small fleuron corner pieces, double fillet roll to edges, inner edges with floral roll, comb and curl marbled endpapers, cloth reinforcing to inner joints, double end bands, a.e.g.

Rubbed to extremities, with a few minor bumps and scrapes, but joints sound. Internally some light browning, occasionally heavier to a few signatures, some light spotting, especially to titles, and light off setting, titles creased, small ink stain to head of Rr2v of volume one, but generally fairly clean.

Lacking half title to volume one (not called for in volume two), with folding engraved county map to volume one, and eighty-two engraved and aquatint plates (one folding, with plate of Soho Manufactory with very small hole to image, one torn to fore edge and plate mark, neatly repaired), a folding engraved plan of Wolverhampton to volume two, and three folding pedigrees.

Each volume decorated with a total of four hundred and twenty-six, hand-coloured and finished with gum arabic, armorial shields to margins.

Large paper copy, and still handsome, complete despite some errors in pagination (see Upcott).

Upcott 1176-1185


Elephant Folio



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Full Morocco

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Large Paper Copy

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First Edition