1770. Paperback. (ENGLISH ESTATE AUCTION-1770) LUMLEY, James. A PARTICULAR OF THE VALUABLE A EXTENSIVE FREEHOLD MANOR OF HARTE, IN THE COUNTY OF DURHAM, LATE THE ESTATE O THE HON. JAMES LUMLEY, DECEAS'D; TOGETHER WITH THE RECTORY IMPROPRIATE OF HAR AND DIVERS MESSUAGES, FARMS, AND LANDS LYING IN HARTE AND HARTLEPOOLE...WHICH WILL BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. LANGFORD AND SON,...ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TH 20TH AND 21ST OF JULY 1770. (Newcastle upon Tyne?: Isaac Thompson?, 1770). 8vo. Original blue wrappers. pages, 10 folding maps, stab sewn. A rare eighteenth century estate auction catalog which does not show up on OC but ESTC records one copy at Durham University who attributes the printing to Newcastle upon Tyne by Isaac Thompson. The Manor of Harte in Durham was auctioned by Abraham Langford at "Their house in the Great Piazza, Covent Garden" in July 1770. The catalogue is from the archive of the Wiltshire law John Thomas Batt who presumably played some role in settling the estate which was under the hammer. "The said farms and lands contain 3,445 acres, 2 roads and 32 perches, and are free from all tythes, except one third of the tythes wool and lamb, which are due to the Vicar of Harte. The premises are bounded the sea for three miles, are capable of very great improvement, and the land- is very low." The estate was sold in nine distinct lots with each lot descri in detail and including a folding map of the parcels of land including buildings, houses, tenants, etc. - a rare inclusion. A series of penned calculations on the front wrapper, no doubt relating to the outcome of the auction. The catalogue interleaves letterpress descriptions of the lots with fold-out maps of the parcel of land. The untrimmed fore-edges of text and wrappers have become rolled but could be flattened if required, otherwise the pamphlet in near fine in original state. (Inventory #: 39682)
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