Auction Date: 17/10/2017 at 10:30 am
1677 The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire, Extracted Out of Records, Original Evidences, Leiger Books, and Other Manuscripts, and Authentick Authorities by Thoroton, Robert - London: Printed By Robert White for Henry Mortlock. First Edition. Folio. Beautified with Maps, Prospects, and Portraictures. Has folding county map. Containing the eight pages of coats of arms and twenty-two single page plates, many folding, numerous etched illustrations to text, The vast majority are by Wenceslas Hollar, engraver and Richard Hall, architect. Hardcover. Bound in later full red morocco with gilt decoration to spine and boards six raised bands. Note: Dr. Robert Thoroton (4 October 1623 - 21 November 1678) was an English antiquary, mainly remembered for his county history, The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire (1677). He belonged to an old Nottinghamshire family, which took its name from Thoroton, near Newark. He resided mainly at another village in the same neighbourhood, Car Colston, where he practised as a physician and where he lived the life of a country gentleman. He took very little part in the Civil War, although his sympathies were with the royalists, but as a magistrate he was very active in taking proceedings against the Quakers. In 1667 Thoroton, aided by a band of helpers, began to work upon his great county history, The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire. This was published in London in 1677; it was dedicated to the eminent antiquarian William Dugdale and was illustrated by engravings by W. Hollar. It was Dugdale who had urged Thoroton to complete the work of history begun by Thoroton's father-in-law.