The Antiquities of England and Wales Vol I (page 1/8)

[picture: Front Cover, Grose's Antiquities of England and Wales, Vol I]

Title: The Antiquities of England and Wales Vol I

Author: Grose, Francis

Published by: C. Clarke, for S. Hooper

City: London

Date: 1783

Total items: 53

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Printer's ornament with birds]

Printer’s ornament with birds

Two birds touch beaks, perhaps a mother feeding a baby, in this printer’s ornament, used as a tailpiece (tail-piece) at the end of a chapter. The design includes a harp, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Lanyon Cromleh Cornwall.  From the Druidical Antiquities plate.]

Lanyon Cromleh Cornwall. From the Druidical Antiquities plate.

This appears to be an engraving of a dolmen called Lanyon Quoit in Cornwall. [more...] [$]

[picture: Reading Abbey (Coloured version)]

Reading Abbey (Coloured version)

Version of the Reading Abbey engraving stretched slightly to make it fit a computer desktop (background/wallpaper) and then coloured (by Liam Quin). [more...] [$]

[picture: No. 1 from the Druidical Antiquities]

No. 1 from the Druidical Antiquities

The caption for this engraving of an obelisk just says Nº1. [more...] [$]

[picture: Reading Abbey (Background 4)]

Reading Abbey (Background 4)

Version of the Reading Abbey engraving stretched slightly to make it fit a computer desktop (background/wallpaper) and also made lighter and with reduced contrast, so it’s less distracting. [more...] [$]

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Places shown:

Anglesey ·Barfreston ·Bedford ·Bedfordshire ·Berkshire ·Bosiliack ·Buckinghamshire ·Cambridgeshire ·Carlisle ·Carn Brea ·Cheshire ·Chester ·Cornwall ·County Louth ·Cumberland ·Donnington ·Dundalk ·England ·Isles of Scilly ·Kent ·Keswick ·Lindisfarne ·Lostwithiel ·Northumberland ·Northwethel ·Penrith ·Plas Newydd ·Reading ·St Mary's ·Windsor ·none

Francis Grose, Esq., FAS., The Antiquities of England and Wales, Being a Collection of Views of the Most remarkable Ruins and antient Buildings, Accurately drawn on the spot. To each view is added An Historical Accounf of its Situation, when and by whom built, with every interesting Circumstance relating thereto. Collected from the best authorities.
London, Printed by C. Clarke, for S. Hooper, No. 212 High Holborn, opposite Southampton Street, Bloomsbury Square, M.DCC.LXXXIII [1783]

My copy of Volume I is falling apart, but that at least means I don’t have to worry about damaging the binding when I scan the pictures! I took a photograph of this book open to the title page.

I wish I had more volumes of this series. I recently obtained volume 3, but it came without the maps, unfortunately. The perils of eBay!

There is a short biography of Francis Grose from 1814.

Captain Francis Grose is also known for compiling dictionaries. I have a copy of his Provincial Glossary. He also wrote a dictionary of slang; Project Gutenberg has made a text version of an 1811 version of this (I have a fac simile edition) and I have used this as a starting point, corrected many errors, and put it online as the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for Captain Francis Grose.

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