Lot 1285: Richard Rowlinson THE ENGLISH TOPOGRAPHER 1720 Antique British Geography & Natural History Engraved Seals Decorative Initials Headpieces
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The English Topographer: or, an Historical Account, (as Far as Can Be Collected from Printed Books and Manuscripts) of All the Pieces That Have Been Written Relating to the Antiquities, Natural History, or Topographical Description of Any Part of England. Alphabetically Digested, and Illustrated with the Draughts of Several Very Curious Old Seals, Exactly Engraven from Their Respective Originals. By an Impartial Hand.
Author: Richard Rawlinson - Richard Rawlinson was an English clergyman and antiquarian collector of books and manuscripts, which he bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
He was educated at St Paul's School, at Eton College, and at St John's College, Oxford. In 1714 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, where he was inducted by Newton. In 1716 he was ordained, but as he was a nonjuror (see Nonjuring schism) and Jacobite, the ceremony was performed by a non-juring bishop, Jeremy Collier.
Rawlinson then travelled in England and on the continent of Europe, where he passed several years, making very diverse collections of manuscripts, coins and curiosities, his books alone forming three libraries, English, foreign and Classical. In 1728 he became a bishop among the nonjurors, but he hardly ever appears to have discharged episcopal functions, preferring to pass his time in collecting books and manuscripts, pictures and curiosities. He died at Islington, London.
Rawlinson was a friend of the antiquarian Thomas Hearne and, among his voluminous writings, published a Life of the antiquary Anthony Wood.
At his death Rawlinson left to the Library 5,205 manuscripts bound in volumes that include many rare broadsides and other printed ephemera, his curiosities, and some other property that endowed a professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. The Rawlinsonian Professor of Anglo-Saxon was first appointed in 1795. He was also a benefactor to St John's College, Oxford.
Publisher: Printed for T. Fauncy
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xliv/275 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: This antique quarter-leather volume with marbled paper covers has been rebacked with black leatherette bearing stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation. There is moderate external rubbing and wear. The binding is solid. The pages show moderate age toning and scattered spotting/smudging. The work is illustrated with several engraved seals in the text, and contains decorative engraved headpieces and initials.
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