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The Mapping of North America

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FIRST EDITION. Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725) was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, the son of a merchant. Following in his father’s footsteps he also had a similar interest as an antiquarian. He became a fellow of the Royal Society, was a diarist and famously wrote this, the first history of Leeds. From the early 1690s he turned his attention towards the history. It details the landed gentry in the region and also included details of his own museum of collectable antiquities. Amongst his acquaintances was Samuel Buck whom he supported in his series of panoramas of English towns. With an extensive six-page list of subscribers. Provenance: bookplate of Stansfeld pasted inside upper cover; ‘R. Croysdale, 317 Lidgett Lane, Leeds’ in ink on front endpaper; Charles Traylen 2001; private English collection. ESTC T139372; ODNB; Upcott (1968) 1381.
THORESBY, Ralph

Ducatus leodiensis: or, The topography of the ancient and populous town and parish of Leedes, and parts adjacent in the West-Riding of the county of York

Printed for Maurice Atkins and sold by Henry Clements at the Half-Moon in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London, 1715
Folio (325 x 205 mm.), full red calf binding on thick boards by Zaehnsdorf, blind panelled with gilt decoration, spine with raised bands and gilt decoration to compartments and gilt titles, marbled endpapers and gilt edged. Two parts in one, pp. xxii, 1-4, [5], [6], 6-108, [109]-[114], 109-268, [2], 275-628, [12], text is continuous, with 13 engraved plates as called for, including a portrait of Thoresby by Vertue; folding engraved map of Leeds; five double-page and six single-page engraved plates; numerous smaller engraved coats-of-arms throughout the first part, in good condition.
Stock number: 10497
£ 950
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