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Stowe A Survay Of London 1603 4to 2nd & Expanded Ed Tudor Elizabethan London Nr

OFFERED WITH is THE DEFINITIVE EDITION PRINTED DURING STOWE’S LIFETIME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY SOURCE CONCERNING TUDOR LONDON, JOHN STOWE’S “A SURVAY OF LONDON,” PRINTED IN QUARTO AT LONDON IN 1603 BY JOHN WINDET, complete in all respects, in very good to excellent condition and bound in 20th century antique-style full English calf. This edition comprises about 100 pages more than the 1598 edition. The volume may be referenced as STC 23343, Pforzheimer 993, and by ESTC online system number 006189243.

 

The full title of the volume reads as follows:

 

“A Survay of London. / Conteyning the Originall, Antiquity, Increase, Moderne estate, and description of that City, written in the yeare 1598, by John Stow Citizen of London. / Since by the same Author increased, with divers rare notes of Antiquity, and published in the yeare, 1603. / Also an Apologie (or defence) against the opinion of some men, concerning that Citie, the greatnesse thereof. / With an Appendix, containing in Latine “Libellum de Situ & nobilitate Londini:” Written by William Fitzstephen, in the raigne of henry the Second. / Imprinted by John Windet, Printer to the Honorable Citie of London. 1603.”

  THE 1603 EDITION OF ‘A SURVAY OF LONDON’ – THE DEFINITIVE EDITION PRINTED DURING STOWE’S LIFETIME AND THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY DESCRIPTION OF TUDOR LONDON.  

Stow begins by discussing London’s antiquity; he then describes they city’s walls, rivers, conduits of fresh water, bridges and gates. He further gives detailed information concerning the towers, castles, schools and other institutions of learning. Moreover, Stow gives meticulous descriptions of the orders and customs of the citizens, notable citizens, sports and pastimes. Perhaps most impressively, he then describes in minute detail every one of London’s wards. He closes with a list of ecclesiastical and temporal governors, descriptions of parish churches, hospitals, and leper houses, and a defence of the city. Particular to this edition are descriptions of the stations and habits of aldermen, sheriffs, and liveries. Quite simple, there is no substitute for or equivalent to the wealth of information Stow provides concerning medieval and Tudor London. An incredible amount of knowledge of London’s history would have been lost were it not for this volume and its predecessor.

 

The “Libellum de Situ & nobilitate Londini” also appeared in the first edition and was written during the reign of Henry II by William Fitzstephen, but was never published before Stow’s work.

 

The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) states the following concerning Stow’s “Survay of London”:

 

“The work by which Stow is best known is his Survey of London. It is not only interesting from the quaint simplicity of its style and its amusing descriptions and anecdotes, but of unique value from its minute account of the buildings, social condition, and customs of London in the time of Elizabeth. [The Survay is] an exhaustive and invaluable record of Elizabethan London.”

 

Pforzheimer, in his great catalogue, states the following:

 

“The work contains much matter of great interest and value and is worthy to rank with the topographical works of Lambard and Carew as one of the foundations of English county history.”

 

The volume is complete in all respects and is paginated [8], 579, [3] (lacking the final blank, as in almost all copies). It collates A4, B-Z8, Aa-Oo8, Pp3. The volume measures 19.0 cm by 14.7 cm by 3.6 cm; each leaf measures 181 mm by 140 mm.

 

The volume is in very good to excellent condition internally, with clean and bright pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. The occasional very minor and unobtrusive dampstain appears at the edge of the blank outer margin of a few leaves. The outer margin of the first three leaves has been restored without affecting the text. This is clearly visible in the photos below.

 

The volume is bound in modern full calf with a blind-tooled double border upon each board. The binding is in excellent condition with strong hinges and a strong book-block. The boards show very minor scuffing. The spine is divided by raised bands into 6 compartments, with a red morocco label in the second compartment from the head.

 

In all, this is THE DEFINITIVE EDITION PRINTED DURING STOWE’S LIFETIME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY SOURCE CONCERNING TUDOR LONDON, JOHN STOWE’S “A SURVAY OF LONDON,” PRINTED IN QUARTO AT LONDON IN 1603 BY JOHN WINDET, bound in modern full antique-style calf, complete in all respects, in very good to excellent condition, and OFFERED AT A REASONABLE RESERVE.

 

 

Please take the time necessary to review the photos below in order to gain a better understanding of the content and condition of the volume. Please also take a moment to view my other sales of rare and desirable English and Continental printed books dating from the 15th through the 19th century.

 

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