Norwich, UK: Unidentified, 1795. First edition. Half leather with marbled boards. Quarto, pp. 50, illustrated with b/w drawings. Bookplate from a previous owner (William Fuller Maitland) inside front cover, and signature of a previous owner on front endpaper. Maitland (1844-1932) was an English art collector and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1875 to 1895. Very Good. Item #20500
Venta Icenorum was the largest and most important Roman town in northeastern East Anglia and today it is one of only three civitas capitals to survive in a wholly greenfield location in England. It has associated prehistoric and medieval remains, and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Norwich Castle is a medieval royal fortification in the city of Norwich, in Norfolk County. It was founded in the aftermath of the Norman conquest of England when William the Conquerer ordered its construction because he wished to have a fortified place in the town of Norwich. It is one of the city's twelve heritage sites today. The essay discusses the history and provides a physical description of the sites as they existed in 1795, and includes detailed maps and drawings of the sites. The author was a successful builder who built the museum of the Philosophical Society at York and restored Norwich Castle. His son, also William Wilkins, was the architect who designed the National Gallery and University College London, and buildings for several Cambridge colleges. This volume is extremely rare; no other copies are available online, and it is in very nice condition for its age.