History and Antiquities of the Tower of London, The; With Memoirs of Royal and Distinguished Persons, Deduced From Records, State-Papers, and Manuscripts, and From Other Original and Authentic Sources.

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More Thorough with 667 Extra-Illustrations

BAYLEY, John. The History and Antiquities of the Tower of London. With Memoirs of Royal and Distinguished Persons, Deduced From Records, State-Papers, and Manuscripts, and From Other Original and Authentic Sources. London: T. Cadell, 1825.

First edition, extra-illustrated. Extended from the original two to five large quarto volumes (12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in; 327 x 248 mm). xiv, 272, xxiv (index), [2], vi, [2], 273-671, [1], cxxviii (appendix), [17, index], [1, blank] pp., plus an unpaginated, hand-inked alphabetized index of all extra-illustrations with page locations bound-in at end of fifth volume. Twenty-seven engraved plates including folding plan as issued, plus 667 extra-illustrations, all engravings, a few folding, a small number tinted, and six hand-colored dramatically picturing notable historical persons, distinguished prisoners, constables and lieutenants, situations, places, incidents, executions, and murders associated with the Tower, and a handful of maps. Hand lettered extra title-page dated 1893, in black and red ink with drop shadows, to each volume.

Bound in 1893 and stamp-signed by bookseller Benjamin Henry Blackwell (1849–1924), sub-contracted almost certainly to Riviére, for David McNeely Stauffer in half dark brown crushed morocco over marbled boards. Spines uniformly sunned to warm brown. With the bookplates (in each volume) of the Brooklyn Public Library and the eminent civil engineer, author, and antiquarian David McNeely Stauffer (who designed his bookplate), from whose collection these extra-illustrations were selected. An occasional small tear or chip to bound-in illustration leaf edges or corners. A fine set.

Extra-illustrated highlights include a mounted original manuscript warrant signed by Charles II:

"To the Ranger or Keeper of Our Parkes at Woodstock. Our Will and Pleasure is, That you kill and deliver unto the Bearer hereof one Brace of fat Bucks of this Season, and for so doing this shall be your Warrant. Given at our Court at Whitehall this 20th day of August 1683. [Signed] Charles R."

"David McNeely Stauffer (1845-1913) was an American civil engineer, editor, artist, and collector. He worked for several railroads including the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad until 1876 when he went into private practice. He wrote scholarly articles and edited the Engineering News. In addition to collecting autographs and illustrations, he designed book plates and did pen and ink drawings" (Stauffer Papers, New York Public Library).

"He [Stauffer] had a keen appreciation of art; his collection of engravings is an unusually fine and complete one, while his extra-illustrated books...are of great value, both historically and intrinsically" (John W. Jordan, Biographical Sketch of David McNeely Knox Stauffer, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 37, No. 2, 1913, pp. 202-206. Emphasis ours).

Stauffer was the co-author of American Engravers Upon Copper & Steel (four volumes, NY: Grolier Club, 1907-1917), which remains the key reference on the subject.

Of the Tower of London little need be said her beyond that it is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It has played a prominent role in English history, besieged several times, and controlling it has been important to controlling the country. The Tower has served variously as an armory, treasury, menagerie, home of the Royal Mint, public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. In the late 15th century the castle was the prison of the Princes in the Tower. Under the Tudors, the Tower became used less as a royal residence. The peak period of the castle's use as a prison was the 16th and 17th centuries, when many figures who had fallen into disgrace, such as Elizabeth I before she became queen, were held within its walls. This use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower." Today the Tower of London is one of Great Britain's most popular tourist attractions and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

Full list of extra-illustrations available upon request. Item #02847

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