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COLE (John). Historical Sketches of Scalby, Burniston, and Cloughton, with Descriptive Notices of Hayburn Wyke, and Stainton Dale, in the County of York.1829

Scarborough: Printed and Published by John Cole, Library, Newborough, First edition, royal 8vo (225 x 140 mm), [6], 91, [1], iii, [1]pp., engraved frontispiece, 91, [1], iii, [1]pp., engraved tailpiece, some light foxing, orig. cloth-backed boards, a little rubbed, leather title label chipped, uncut. "Cole, John 1792-1848, bookseller and antiquary, of Northampton and Scarborough, was born on 3 Oct. 1792 at Weston Favell in Northamptonshire. He was apprenticed to Mr. W. Birdsall, a bookseller of Northampton, and began his literary career with a History of Northampton and its Vicinity in 1815. About two years later he married Susanna, second daughter of James Marshall of Northampton, and in 1817 purchased for 1,000l. the stock and goodwill of a bookseller at Lincoln. He printed his first Catalogue of Old Books at Lincoln in that year. He brought out a History of Lincoln in 1818, and then seems to have gone to Hull and afterwards to Scarborough, where we find him in 1821 publishing An Ænigmatical Catalogue of Books of Merit, on an entirely new plan. During the next ten years he issued most of his antiquarian and biographical works, many of which relate to Scarborough. He also helped Baker in his History of the County of Northampton. As unfortunate at Scarborough as at his previous dwelling-places, Cole tried Northampton once more, and opened a shop in the market square some time after 1830. He added to his small income by giving lectures on natural philosophy, &c... His literary activity was remarkable... They are usually of small size and tastefully printed and produced... Cole generally printed but few copies of his books, and usually a few were on coloured paper. Both for their rarity and as containing much out-of-the-way information they are sought after by Yorkshire and Northamptonshire collectors."—DNB. Provenance: Contemporary ink signature of Reverend Disney Robinson: Anglican clergyman, d. 1869; Perpetual Curate of Woolley in the diocese of York and author of religious titles including "The Christian's Privilege" and "A Practical Answer to the Question 'What is Popery?'"; portraits of Robinson and his wife Frances Rebecca (née Hodgson) by Francis Calcraft Turner are in the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

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