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Full title A List of the Officers of the Army, (with an Alphabetical Index;) of the Officers of the Royal Artillery, the Engineers, the Marine Forces, and of the Officers on Half-Pay; and a Succession of Colonels.
pp: [ii], 193, 268-324 (ie 194-240), 38.
Large octavo (238mm X 154mm) volume in a presentation binding contemporary of the period: straight grain full crimson morocco binding with wide gilt Greek border pattern to the boards, gilt decorated spine with gilt lettered green morroco label, gilt milled outer edge pattern and gilt inner edge pattern, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt. Printed on thick paper.
Provenance Bookplate of Edward Larker of Brownsholme in the County of York Esq to front paste-down, bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to the facing end-paper leaf [see photos]. Two contemporary previous owner names inked to title-page, one illegible, the other much less so [see photos]. The name that is illegible ends with an abbreviation that can be recognised as relating to a horseguard regiment (R? H. Gds), while the legible name is of Thomas Parker, Captain, R. R. H. Gds. who from what I can tell was a grandson of Edward Larker [parker] (1730-1794) from the bookplate mentioned earlier. Thomas Parker was born in the 1780s and served in the Royal Regiment of Horseguards in 1805-13. He was the second son and heir of Thomas Parker (1754-1819) of Alkincoats, Lancashire. He bought the estate of Browsholme in 1820 from his cousin Thomas Lister Parker (1779 - 1858), and was a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, and was a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire.
There are pagination errors: pp81-96 show as pp77-92, p181 as p18, pp194-240 show as pp268-314. Despite the pagination inconsistencies [as was very common with lists of the period], text is complete with its 279 pages of text in total. Although these inconsistencies are not mentioned in ESTC T91999, the completeness of text can be verified with a digitsed public domain online copy of the same edition, as well as the catch-words at the foot of the pages match up to the first word of their facing pages
Condition Very good+ overall. Sturdy binding with light overall wear and a very sound block ith neat, crisp leaves. Gilt still clear and unworn although a little rubbed away at the spine-ends and outer edges; bumps to lower fore-corners, small bruise to lower corner of rear board towards heel of spine along with a little leather loss nearby at the heel; and some surface damage to leather to central area of front board [see photos]. Tight, clear, and lightly age-goldened leaves - no annotations, marginalia, etc, and no spotting or foxing anywhere that I can see. A very nice copy indeed that comes with some interesting provenance.
Weight including sturdy packaging: 1.3-1.5kg
Please note: fully insured delivery in sturdy packaging that does actually protect the contents. 43556363