Limited edition of The Records of the Borough of Northampton, from the library of antiquarian collector William Henry Duignan.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxxv, 511pp; xii, 602pp. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. Bound by Birdsall Northampton. Solid text blocks, sunning to spines, soiling to covers, foxing to endpapers. From the University of Cincinnati Robert S. Marx Law Library, with library label on covers and stamps to title page. Stated copy 220 of 500 printed on “small paper” on limitation page. Includes a large fold out map of Old Northampton, with light wear to folds. With the bookplate of W.H. Duignan of Walsall affixed to front endpaper in both volumes.
William Henry Duignan (1824-1914) lived in Walsall, England, roughly an hour and a half from Northampton, for the duration of his life. He was an antiquarian and historian, writing on local British history and the etymology of place-naming, also known as toponymy.