THOMAS, William

A Survey of the Cathedral-Church of Worcester

London: Printed for the author. 1737.

First edition. 4to. 248x195mm. pp. vi, 124; 222 (Account of the Bishops of Worcester); 8, 210 (Appendix, Chartae Originales and index). Engraved folding frontispiece and twenty five engraved plates and numerous engravings in the text and a folding plan of the cathedral. Contemporary full calf, rebacked with corners repaired. Front pastedown has armorial bookplate of Carolus Gandolphus Hornyold and, on the verso of the front free endpaper, the plate of John Vincent Hornyold and a handwritten note on the title page "Charles Gandolfi Hornyold bought at Worcester 1869". The Hornyolds are an old Catholic family with estates in Worcestershire. A nice copy of a splendid example of eighteenth century antiquarianism. William Thomas was the grandson of a Bishop of Worcester. A fine scholar and poet, Thomas worked on a book about Chaucer begun by John Urry and edited the second edition of Dugdale Antiquities of Warwickshire. This survey of Worcester Cathedral is his best and most lasting work. A copy is in the Royal Collection.

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