1854 · London
Uncommon, privately printed second edition of this => illustrated history of the Company of Grocers — one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of London — and some of its prominent members from its medieval origins through the early 1850s, written by Heath, governor of the Bank of England from 1845 to 1847. The illustrations include a map of Cheape Ward showing the Grocers' Hall and garden and an oversized, folding facsimile of the charter of incorporation, while the "Notices of Eminent Members" include renditions of their coats of arms. Also present are selections from some of the literature associated with the Grocers: speeches, plays, poems, etc.
Presentation copy: Half-title inscribed "Thomas Alex[ande]r Roberts Esq. [/] Presented by J.B. Heath July 1854.
NSTC 2H15366; Cagle 736 (for first and third eds. only.); Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 25858.17 (first ed.). Publisher's olive green textured cloth, covers and spine blind-stamped, front cover with gilt-stamped armorial vignette, back cover with gilt-stamped device and motto, spine with gilt-stamped title; spine slightly sunned, extremities mildly rubbed. Hinges (inside) of this hefty volume now cracked, with joints tender but holding. One plate (the map dated 1560) with pencilled annotations. Some plates faintly age-toned; pages with a few instances of light foxing. A work => full of valuable and interesting detail in a nice, clean, and (as handled with care) sound copy. (Inventory #: 37084)