Duncumb, John.


Hereford Printed by E.G. Wright ... 1804-12-[66].
1st Ed. 2 vols. [complete, with Greytree Parish By Cooke] 4to. xii + 604pp. + [xii]. + t.p. + 404pp. + [i] Errata. T.p. devices, 10 engraved plates (1 ragged to tail restubbed and with stain along gutter hinge), 4 maps, 1 plan, double page plan hand coloured in outline, map [vol. 2. lacking frontis]. Ex.-Norfolk & Norwich Lib. with bookplates, sm. marginal blind stamps to and plates, light browning, marbled, later half leather with cloth boards, minor soiling and wear, faint signs of label removal from spines and head of upper boards. Without Volume 3 by William Henry Cooke in Continuation of the work published in 1882. Upcott 321-3. ODNB ... In 1780 Duncumb was engaged by Charles, eleventh duke of Norfolk, the owner of extensive estates in the county, to compile and edit a history of Herefordshire. The terms were 2 2s. per week for collecting materials, the resulting work being the property of the duke. The first volume, containing a general history of the county and account of the city, was published in 1804; and the first part of a second volume, containing the hundreds of Broxash and Ewyas-Lacy, with a few pages of Greytree hundred, in 1812. At the death of the duke in December 1815 payments ceased and Duncumb stopped work. The unsold portions of the work, with the pages of Greytree hundred then printed but not published, since they were part of the duke's personal estate, were taken from Hereford to London, where the parcels remained in a warehouse until 1837. The whole stock was then purchased by Thomas Thorpe, the bookseller, who disposed of his copies of the first and second volumes, with the section on Greytree, to which he appended an index. The second volume was completed with an index in 1866 by Judge W. H. Cooke, who issued a third volume, containing the remainder of Greytree, in 1882 and volume 7, covering the parishes in the hundred of Grimsworth, in 1892. Subsequently, volume 4, edited by the Revd Morgan G. Watkins, appeared in 1897, covering Huntington and Radlow hundreds. Volumes 5 and 6 appeared in 1912 and 1913 respectively, compiled by John H. Matthews and covering Wormelow hundred ...
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