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GENT, Thomas G.

The Antient and Modern History of the Famous City of York; and in a Particular Manner Of its Magnificent Cathedral, commonly call'd York Minster

Thomas Hammond & A. Bettesworth, London, 1730
Octavo (160 x 95 mm.), full contemporary calf, gilt panelled, ribbed spine rebacked, double gilt ruled compartments with red calf gilt title label affixed. With 2 folding plates plan and view of York), typographic titlepage, pp. viii, 256, (8), complete with the Addenda, subscribers’ list, Errata and adverts, some light foxing, otherwise in good condition.
Thomas Gent 1693-1778) was born in Ireland and became apprenticed to a printer in London in 1710. Settling in York, he became the sole printer in the city and county. Proposals for the ‘Antient and Modern History of the Famous City of York’ were issued in 1729 and about 170 subscribers were obtained. One thousand copies were printed on the book in 1730, it is his first substantial work. This topographical work contains two folding plates, a plan and a view of the city. The list of subscribers contains 177 names. Gent wrote a manuscript of his life as a printer which survives today in York Minster, it was published in 1832. Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription of ‘Robt. Allanson’ on front and final free endpapers; ‘D. L. Cumming’ inscribed inside upper cover. Anderson (1966) p. 330; BBTI; ODNB; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004); Upcott (1968) pp. 1356-7.
Stock number: 10424
£ 395
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