Ordnance Survey books : Domesday Book

Ordnance Survey facsimile copies of the Domesday Book
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Ordnance Survey produced facsimiles of various historical manuscripts and printed books using photo-zincography. The Domesday Book was published in 32 county volumes between 1861-64. Sales were poor, resulting in few copies being available today.

Bill Henwood has written : "The Domesday facsimile volumes are large (Imperial quarto) and handsome, printed on a high quality thick cream paper that rarely shows signs of deterioration or foxing after 150 years. The reproduction of the text (in black and red) is generally sharp and clear. The boards are ornate and decorated, with embossed gold titles. The narrow spine, however, is prone to split and eventually disintegrate---re-bound volumes have been seen with replacement spines that themselves look old, so this may have been a design fault as much as an inevitable consequence of the passage of time." "There have been many subsequent reproductions of the Domesday Book but the 1860s facsimile stands comparison with most." ('An unnecessary distraction? The photo-zincographed Domesday Book of 1861-63', Sheetlines 84 (2009), 13-16.)

Title page of Domesday Books:
Domesday Book or The Great Survey of England of William the Conqueror, A.D. MLXXXVI. : Fac-simile of the part relating to .... Photo-Zincographed by Her Majesty's Command at the Ordnance Survey Office Southampton. Colonel Sir H. James. RE. FRS &c., Director, MDCCCLXII.

Vacher and Sons produced companion volumes in which the Latin text is set in modern type along with a translation into modern English. Front covers read 'Extended & translated', whilst the title pages begin 'A literal extension of the Latin text, and an English translation of Domesday Book....'

Leaflets advertising both the Ordnance Survey and Vacher productions are sometimes found tipped in after the last page of text.

Unless noted, all volumes have had the spine neatly repaired with black bookbinder's cloth tape. Most volumes are ex-library and have the usual evidence such as a label or stamps. Most volumes have the corners rubbed through to the cover card. Overall, the volumes are clean, repaired examples with rubbed corners, and have been priced as such.

Item                                                                                                                                             £
No.

. Bedfordshire Good copy. Sold
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. Berkshire Original spine, slightly chipped and rubbed but quite sound. Sold
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. Cambridgeshire Spine held together by new spine tape, mark on title page, leaflets for the Literal extension and Ordnance Survey are tipped in after last page. Sold
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. Cornwall Heavy foxing on some pages. Sold
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. Gloucestershire Nice copy. Sold
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. Gloucestershire Ordnance Survey leaflet tipped in after last page. Sold
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. Hampshire Nice clean copy, spine weak but sound. Sold
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. Hertfordshire Nice copy. Sold
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. Middlesex Leaflets for the Literal extension and Ordnance Survey are tipped in after last page. Nice copy. Sold
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. Oxfordshire Extra title page advertising John Henry and James Parker, Oxford. Weak original spine, and one gathering loose, slight damp damage to boards. Sold
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. Staffordshire Leaflets for the Literal extension and Ordnance Survey are tipped in after last page. Sold
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. Surrey Leaflets for the Literal extension and Ordnance Survey are tipped in after last page. Sold
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. Worcestershire Nice copy. Sold

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