London: W. and J. Richardson, 1769. Hardcover. Folio. Quarter black calf with raised bands and gilt lettering and tan cloth over rounded-corner boards. vi, (2pp), 1056pp, (16pp). Frontispiece. Very good. Internally tight, bright, uniformly lovely; miniscule modern ownership signature on title page verso. Item #46428
Tight and attractive first edition of this hefty compilation of early Rochester architectural and antiquity records gathered by physician and antiquarian John Thorpe Sr. (1682-1750), then compiled and published by his son John Thorpe (1715-92), an English gent from the quaint age when one could make a living performing antiquarian research, as this tome and a 1788 supplement ("Custumale Roffense") attest. Interestingly, laid in is a 6½" X 7 3/4" sheet, clearly of 18th century vintage, containing several columns of last names and page numbers, continuing on verso, all neatly inked in black ink -- apparently an early owner's genealogical findings. Modern owner's miniscule pencilled note on rear pastedown lists archival work done: "Rebacked Mar 8-10 '63 -- boards of course reused -- original old sheepskin rotted to dust -- endpapers were marbled, faded, partly lost, friable."