[PARKIN, Charles]

The History of Great Yarmouth

Lynn: Printed and sold by W. Whittingham; R. Baldwin; H. Gardner; W. Lane.. MDDCLXXVI [1776].

First edition. 8vo (222x125mm). pp. 4, 412. Folding frontispiece engraving of The View of Great Yarmouth. Red, straight-grained full morocco, spine with five raised bands, compartments elaborately decorated in gilt. Gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers. Some very modest rubbing to extremities and bumping to corners but a lovely near contemporary binding in excellent condition. Some browning internally but a nice clean, crisp copy. Dark blue silk ribbon bookmark. Charles Dickens, who stayed in Great Yarmouth when writing David Copperfield, is said to have described the town as "the finest place in the universe". That must surely be a minority view among even the most loyal of residents but Yarmouth is a handsome town with a long and interesting history as this attractive book makes clear.

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