File Name Hutchinson1794
Call Number DA 670 C9 H9 1794
Title The History of the County of Cumberland, and Some Places Adjacent, from the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time: Comprehending the Local History of the County; Its Antiquities, the Origin, Genealogy, and Present State of the Principal Families, with Biographical Notes; Its Mines, Minerals, and Plants, with Other Curiosities, Either of Nature or of Art. Particular Attention is Paid to, and a Just Account Given of Every Improvement in Agriculture, Manufactures, &c. &c. By William Hutchinson, F. A. S. Author of the History of Durham, &c. In Two Volumes. [Vol. I/II].
Short Title The History of the County of Cumberland
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Dedication To Sir John Sinclair, Bart. M. P. President of the Board of Agriculture, and to the Noblemen and Gentlemen, members of that honourable institution. It is with great deference that we embrace the permission with which you have honoured us, to dedicate this work to you, whose attention to the improvement of your country demands the grateful tribute, together with the most respectful acnowledgements of your honoured, and much obliged and obedient humble servants, W. Hutchinson. F. Jollie, Proprietor and Editor.
Imprint Carlisle, Printed by F. Jollie; and sold by B. Law and Son, W. Clark, and T. Taylor, London. 1794.
Edition 1?
Publication Date 1794
Volumes 2
Pages 1286
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 2 v. (600, 686) : front., ill., plans (part fold.), plates (part fold.), tables; 24 x 28 cm. Bound in calf, marbled endpapers.
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Bibliographic Notes Our copy: title on spine(s) read: "History of Cumberland / Vol [I/II]" on red leather; bindings are damaged. Vol 1: glued on [?] paper upper left hand corner of the inside front cover says Bound by Jollie & Sons, Carlisle; bookplate Gerard Vernon Viscount Lymington; writing in ink and pencil on the first blank pages, including price of 375 pounds; writing in pencil on the title page, and on one of the blank pages at back. Vol 2: bookplate Gerard Vernon Viscount Lymington. There also includes a small engraving that has been pasted in on page 585 in Volume 2, to lay over an in-text engraving of Carlisle.
Critical Annotation

Hutchinson’s two-volume History of Cumberland combines local history with the physical descriptions common in travel literature of the period. The text is heterogeneous and expansive, and includes an extensive “catalogue” of local animals and plants, a section on fossils, and a brief glossary of “antiquated words.” Hutchinson opens with a general history of the county over the past 1700 years, then describes individual parishes. Significant portions of the descriptions are excerpted from other sources, including Thomas West, Arthur Young, Thomas Gray, William Mason, Joseph Nicolson and Richard Burn, William Gilpin, Thomas Pennant, and James Clarke. He borrows landscape descriptions from his contemporaries and from his own Excursion. Fifty-six plates support the letterpress, all depicting scenic views and local antiquities. There are large folding maps, full- and half-page maps, and many tables, including a fold-out table of the “Medium of Money raised by Assessment, and how applied.” The SFU LDC copy is in good condition, with some wear to the cover and light staining on the pages. The binding is tan-coloured leather, the spine handsomely embossed. The copy includes a small engraving that has been pasted over an in-text engraving of Carlisle (Vol. 2: 585). Two bookplates appear on the inside front cover of the first volume, one belonging to the binders “Jollie & Sons, Carlisle” and the other to “Gerard Vernon, Viscount Lymington.” There is a signature in ink on the front flyleaf of volume I, but it is not legible.




Format Quarto
Plate Count 56
Map Count 9
Illustrations Black and White Only
Tables Yes
Binding Colour brown
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