John Loveday of Caversham, 1711-1789: The Life and Tours of an Eighteenth-century Onlooker by Sarah Markham

John Loveday of Caversham, 1711-1789: The Life and Tours of an Eighteenth-century Onlooker by Sarah Markham lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section.

Salisbury: Michael Russell, 1984, (First Edition) (Signed Copy) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Signed by the author on the first blank unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. However, laid in a type-written mss. from Markham alongside a hand-written note signed Sally with further references to this and other works. Contains: Facsimiles; Black & white plates; Maps; Genealogical tables; Chapter headpieces; Appendix;

From the cover: Basing her book on John Lovedays extensive diaries and correspondence, Sarah Markham (herself a Loveday) has produced both a compulsively readable portrait of a man of intelligent interests in eighteenth-century England and a mine of marvellous detail from the eyewitness account of the arrival in Manchester of the Young Pretender and his army to John Lovedays note of the cost of removing 12,550 snails from the garden at Caver-sham. There are delightful vignettes of university life at Oxford (John Loveday was an undergraduate at Magdalen), together with important new material on the antiquary Thomas Hearne and illuminating glimpses of other well-known scholars. There is, too, the additional bonus that John Loveday, a passionate sightseer, listed the paintings and works of art that he saw in country houses and other buildings on his tours which took him (principally in the 17305) throughout the British Isles and once, in 1737, to the Low Countries. These lists have been included in a 75-page Appendix.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper mylar sealed, with the mylar wrinkling in places, and a little edgeworn with heavy fading to the spine. Gently bruised at the bead, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 622 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.


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