Hampshire by Robert Mudie, published in Winchester, 1838


The classic 19th century topographical work on Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.

Mudie (Robert). Hampshire: Its Past and Present Condition, and Future Prospects, 3 volumes, 1st edition, Winchester: James Robbins, College Street, [1838]

Containing four engraved title pages, three folding hand coloured maps (Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands), seven other hand coloured regional maps, 154 steel engraved views (on 131 leaves) on India paper, plus a few wood engraved illustrations to the text.

Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, the spines gilt decorated and with black leather labels

Condition: all pages and plates present and complete, some light brown spotting to first and last few leaves, one folding map with short closed tear, the bindings rubbed and marked, a little cracking and flaking to the joints. Overall a handsome set.

The first two volumes are concerned with Hampshire, volume three is divided between the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. The steel engraved views are of excellent quality and are mounted onto India paper, the views being engraved after distinguished topographical draughtsmen including G.S. Shepherd, T.H. Shepherd, G.F.Sargent and others.

Robert Mudie (1777-1842) was born in Forfarshire in very humble circumstances, being largely self-taught. His large output includes books on a diverse range of subjects, as well as reporting for a number of newspapers in Scotland and London. In 1838 he moved to Winchester where he was wrote several books for the local bookseller and publisher James Robbins, including this work on Hampshire of which he states in the preface: "This description of Hants is an independent work, intended to do equal justice to all the places, features, and interests in the county. For the accomplishment of this object, I have personally collated the documents, and visited the localities; and I have done my best to make the work original, inviting and useful.".

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