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Two Histories of Gloucestershire in Chorley's December Sale

Chorley’s forthcoming sale on Thursday, 10th December 2009 at 10.30am includes a number of books of local interest.  Most famous of these are the Histories of Gloucestershire by Sir Robert Atkyns (1647-1711) and Samuel Rudder (1726-1801).

Sir Robert Atkyns was an MP and descended from a long line of judges, his father was Speaker of the House of Lords for a time.  Sir Robert was also a historian, antiquarian and topographer.  He was knighted by Charles II in 1663 before being elected MP for Cirencester (1680-81) and afterwards Gloucester.  The first edition of ‘The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire’, lot 3,Lot 3 ChorleysLot 3 Chorleys  was published in 1712, shortly after his death.  It features a portrait of the author by Van der Gucht and contains the well known views of family seats around the county engraved by Johannes Kip.  Interestingly, his memorial effigy in Sapperton Church shows him with his left hand resting on the book.  The rarity of the book is due to the destruction of the printing press in London by fire shortly after its publication, destroying both the original copies and the plates, (estimate £4,000-6,000). Illustration of Upper Dowdeswell, the seat of Lionel Rich Esq from ‘The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire’ published in 1712

Born in Uley, Samuel Rudder was a printer and bookseller in Cirencester by 1749 (he also worked as an auctioneer!)  His meticulous ‘New History of Gloucestershire’, lot 8,Chorleys Lot 8Chorleys Lot 8 published by Samuel Rudder took twelve years to complete, having originally been intended as a revision of Atkyn’s earlier work which had become scarce and expensive.  Rudder soon realised that changes in trade, industry and population presented an opportunity to create a work in its own right.  He visited every parish in the county and his completed work was the most thorough survey in the county since Domesday.  Interestingly, his book included the Gloucestershire section of the Domesday book, the first time it had been published since 1086.  Published in 1779, it remains a useful source to historians of the county, (estimate £400-600).
Illustration ‘New History of Gloucestershire’

These books offer a hugely interesting insight into the history of Gloucestershire, particularly the changes that took place between the early and late 18th century.  Chorley’s are pleased to offer both first edition copies in 10th December’s sale, along with a considerable collection of other antiquarian books of local interest.

Tuesday 8th December, 9am - 7pm Wednesday 9th December, 9am - 5pm

For further information regarding the sale please contact Thomas Jenner-Fust on 01452 344499 or visit the on-line catalogue at

Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX

Telephone 01452 344499

Source: IONAPR 


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