A Tour in Quest of Genealogy
through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire and Wiltshire, in a Series of Letters to a Friend in Dublin; Interspersed with a Description of Stourhead and Stonehenge; Together with Various Anecdotes, and Curious Fragments from a Manuscript Collection Asc
First edition, hardback rebound in plain burgundy cloth with leather title label to spine. 21.5 × 13.5cm. iv + 338pp.
Richard Fenton was a Welsh lawyer, travel writer and poet born in St David's in 1747. In 1811 he published this anonymous travel book, describing his visits around Wales (Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire), Somerset (including Holnicote) and Wiltshire (including Stourton). The writing is gentle and pleasant, and is an interesting window into the observations of a gentleman traveller. The book is illustrated with a frontispiece and seven black and white engraved plates which have been bound in before the main text.
As mentioned, the book has been rebound and is in sound condition. The pages have intermittent foxing, at times quite heavy, and tanning to the pages but the book remains in strong readable condition. The inner binding is secure. The top outer corner has been snipped from the title page, and as also mentioned, the plates have been bound at the start of the book.