File Name Cox1738
Call Number DA 670 C9 C69 1738
Title Cumberland: An Historical Account of Cumberland
Short Title Cumberland
Series Title This could be from Magna Britannia et Hibernia, as above, or it could be from Magna Britannia, antiqua & nova, which has a publication date of 1738
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Imprint [England: S.n., 1738].
Publication Date 1738
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Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography pp. 365-416 : ill., fold. map. 18 x 23 cm. Half bound in calf, marbled boards.
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Bibliographic Notes Title on spine says “Cox’s Cumberland 1738”; Handwritten “£85” on inside front cover; Table of distances with decorative drawing on last page; On the back of the fold out map, someone has written “Cumberland”; Foxing (seems heavy) and some marking (maybe ink?); front cover also has a piece of white tape that someone has tried to peel off of it; part of the second-to-last table is ripped in the corner of p 411, and has a piece of white tape [maybe?] covering the top right corner of p 413 (including part of the table); Begins at page 365
Critical Annotation

The SFU LDC copy of Cumberland is a portion of text likely taken from the first volume of the six-volume Magna Britannia Antiqua & Nova: Or, a New, Exact, and Comprehensive Survey of the Ancient and Present State of Great-Britain…With many Accounts accurately taken on the Spot, and communicated by several Judicious Hands (1738). Like SFU’s copy of Westmorland, the text of Cumberland can also be found in Volume 1 of the earlier Magna Britannia et Hibernia from 1720, but the later date of the Antiqua & Nova matches the date on the spine of SFU’s copy. The later volumes had a different printer and bookseller in Caesar Ward and Richard Chandler, but otherwise it appears to be a reprint of the same text. As with Westmorland, the “judicious hands” that composed the work are unidentified. In 1768, the antiquarian Richard Gough attributes the Magna Britannia et Hibernia is due to “the diligence of Thomas Cox, vicar of Bromfield [Broomfield], Essex, 1685-1733” (21), but much more recently Richard Riddell claims that attribution of the work to Thomas Cox the vicar was likely a confusion with Thomas Cox the bookseller (ODNB). Sources also sometimes cite Anthony Hall. The descriptions of towns, villages, and hamlets like Carlisle, Penrith, Borrowdale, and Keswick follow a geographical order, with nearly 50 illustrations of inscriptions. There are also sections on natural history, ecclesiastical history, and “men of eminency” and baronets of the county, as well as a table of distances.



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