The History and Description of Leeds Castle, Kent.
by Wykeham, Martin Charles.
Large 4to. Westminster: Nichols and Sons, 1869. Large 4to, x, 210, , xxxvi p. Plan, illustrations, pedigree, eight albumen prints by Cruttenden of Maidstone, mounted on blank sheets. Title printed in red and black. Publisher's red cloth, embossed and gilt over bevelled boards. Newly rebacked and recased. Photos a bit aged (as usual?), pencil annotations in the text and an ink presentation inscription at the front dated 1878. Only edition, a surprisingly common book with half a dozen copies listed online as of July 2016. “Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a residence for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been open to the public since 1976...The castle and its grounds are a major leisure destination with a maze, a grotto, a golf course and what may be the world's only museum of dog collars.” (Wikipedia). Gernsheim 458. (Inventory #: 107582)
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