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Wheler, Robert Bell. History and antiquities of Stratford-upon-Avon: comprising a description of the collegiate church, the life of Shakespeare, and copies of several documents relating to him and his family, never before printed; with a biographical sketch of other eminent characters, natives of, or who have resided in Stratford. To which is added, a particular account of the jubilee, celebrated at Stratford, in honour of our immortal bard... Stratford-upon-Avon: Pr. and sold by J. Ward, 1806. 8vo (19 cm, 7.45").  pp., frontis., [2 (1 blank)], ii, 229, [1 (errata)] pp.; 7 plts. $250.00
First edition. This "accurate and careful compilation remains a standard work of reference" (DNB). The author, Robert Bell Wheler (1785–1857), was a native of Stratford-upon-Avon and an antiquary who developed a lifelong passion for the local topography and Shakespearean research. This work is illustrated with eight plates by F. Eginton from Wheler's own sketches: Six are sepia aquatints and two are sepia etchings.
Wheler's other publications include Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon, published in 1814 and reprinted in 1850, and Historical and Descriptive Account of the Birthplace of Shakespeare (1829), a detailed description of Shakespeare's birthplace as it stood in the beginning of the 19th century.
Provenance: Late 19th- or early 20th-century bookplates of Joseph Y. Jeanes, of Philadelphia; ca. 1940 self-made bookplate of Robert R. Riegle (rubber-stamp on a stock stationery label).
NSTC W1527; Lowndes 2888; Abbey 317. 19th-century tree calf with single gilt roll border on the boards and single gilt rules on spine forming "compartments"; spine, hinges, and extremities rubbed. Bookplates as above. Foxing and some staining, otherwise a decent copy. => Many points of interest! (38046) Please RESHELVE This.
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