Engraved frontis. map, & 16 engraved plates (one of which is a folding plan of the city). xx, 473,  pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf, flat spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine. Birmingham: T. Pearson et al., 1795. "The Third Edition, with considerable Additions, and New Engravings of the Public Buildings" (this is actually the second issue of the third edition. The first issue has a titlepage dated 1793). Hutton (1723-1815), historian, has been called "the English Benjamin Franklin." He lived in Birmingham for most of his life and invested successfully in land. "This was his first book and the most successful, the most enduring, and, as later enlarged, the most substantial...One object in publishing it was to glorify the town and, for all its digressions and the sometimes ponderous humour of the author's asides, it presents a spirited portrait of a great commercial and industrial town in the most vigorous phase of its growth."-ODNB. The frontispiece depicts the navigable canals connecting Birmingham with the coal mines and neighboring towns. Hutton describes various local manufacturing activities: buttons, buckles, guns, leather, steel, brass works, nails, bellows, printing (although it states "by John Baskerville" it was most probably written by Hutton), coaches, etc., etc. Fine. Named clipped away from foot of title and neatly repaired at an early date. The first edition appeared in 1781. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5194)
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