Rudder, Samuel.


Comprising the topography, antiquities, curiosities, produce, trade, and manufactures of that county; the foundation-charters and endowments of abbies, and other religious houses; the foundation of the bishoprick, &c. with a short biographical account of the bishops and deans; the names of the patrons and incumbents, and the antient and present value of all the ecclesiastical benefices; charters of incorporation, and civil government of the several boroughs; descriptions of the principal seats; descent of the manors; genealogies of families, with their arms, monumental inscriptions, &c. In the course of this work is given the history of every parish, tithing, and extraparochial place in the county. Also the ecclesiastical, civil, and military history of the city of Gloucester, from its first foundation to the present time. With a copy of Domesday-book for Gloucestershire, now first printed in the language, and after the manner of the original. Illustrated with a map of the county, views of gentlemen’s seats, &c. &c. Cirencester : printed by Samuel Rudder 1779.
1st Ed. Folio. x + 855pp. + lxviii. 8 plates including 5 folding, [only, see note]. 16.2” x 10”. Small portion cut away from upper leading corner of t.p., some browning and offsetting, with the bookplate of Brian S. Smith, rudimentary rebind in modern leather, gilt lettered label to spine, some minor rubbing. With the inscription of Thomas Palin to head of title page. Early editions of this work were sometimes issued without all the plates as they were not yet ready. Some copies have 16 plates and 1 folding map. ODNB ‘... and only thirteen whole-sheet plates were produced, eight of which had to be sent out after publication; most were the work of the Gloucester engraver Thomas Bonnor...’ Copac lists copies held at various Libraries with 8 plates only. ESTC T8041; Alston, XI.133; Hyett & Bazeley, Vol.1 p.23-25. This edition not in Upcott. Samuel Rudder (bap. 1726, d. 1801), topographer and printer. ODNB ‘... A New History of Gloucestershire, which had Rudder's name on the title-page only as printer, was published in June 1779. Rudder's main sources were Atkyns's county history, often used verbatim in the manorial descents, and a detailed history of Gloucester city, left in manuscript by the Revd Richard Furney. He gathered new information by a standard printed questionnaire, by correspondence which he said 'made him a very troublesome fellow … to my friends more especially' (Austin, 244–5), and by extensive travels: he claimed to have visited every parish in the county. His annotations to a set of proofs of the New History record some of his experiences, meeting from Gloucestershire landowners help and hospitality and the occasional snub. The result of his methods was much useful contemporary description, particularly of local trade and industry, sometimes interspersed with the author's own views on such things as agricultural improvement, non-resident landowners, and the proliferation of alehouses. He also seems to have had a genuine enthusiasm for antiquities ...’
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