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Gideon Harvey The city remembrancer: being historical narratives of the great plague at London, 1665



Title: The city remembrancer: being historical narratives of the great plague at London, 1665; great fire, 1666; and great storm, 1703. To which are added, observations and reflections on the plague in general; considered in a religous, philosophical, and physical view: with historical accounts of the most memorable plagues, fires, and hurricanes. The whole compiled from the curious and authentic papers of the late very learned Dr. Harvey Publisher: London: printed for W. Nicoll Publication Date: 1769 Binding: Hardcover Book Condition: Very Good Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket Edition: 1st 2 vols ; 21.2 cm. (8º) I: vi, vii, [1], 456 p. II: [6], 100; [4], 232 p The City Remembrancer comprises two volumes and contains historical narratives of notable events in London during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Volume I covers the Great Plague of 1665 and volume II deals with the Great Fire of London (1666) and the Great Storm of 1703. This work claims to have been taken from Gideon Harvey's papers. Harvey was a physician who published several medical works on diseases including the plague. He was physician to the Tower of London for fifty years. The part on the great storm of 1703 is an adaptation of Daniel Defoe's The storm, 1704 (reissued in 1713 as A collection of the most remarkable casualties and disasters, which happen'd in the late dreadful tempest, q.v.); the whole work is sometimes attributed to him. In three parts. Volume I has an additional title-page reading: An historical narrative of the great plague at London, 1665 .; vol. II has a general title-page and is in two parts, each with separate title-page, pagination and register, containing: An historical narrative of the great and terrible fire of London . 1666 . and: An historical narrative of the great and tremendous storm . 1703. Each of the three parts was also issued separately. ESTC t131728. Later half calf bindings with gilt raised bands, in 6 gilt scroll decorated compartments, gilt titles on green and brown labels. Corners, hinges and top of the spine of the second volume are all a little worn. VG copy with the bookplate of Marianne Hudson, Tadworth Court on the front pastedown Miss Marianne Stanhope, eldest daughter of the late Walter Spencer Stanhope, esq. of Cannonhall, in Yorkshire, was born on 23 May 1786 about 7 o clock in the morning (writes her mother) in their house in Grosvenor Square, London. She was therefore a few years older than Margaret (born in 1791). It was her brother, whose life can be followed through his sister s letters in The Letter-bag, John Spencer-Stanhope who succeeded father Walter to the estate of Cannon Hall, Yorkshire. Marianne married later in life: March 1828 saw her become the wife of Robert Hudson of Tadworth Court (near Reigate). She died (aged 76) in 1862. Bookseller Inventory # 4106

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