GOSTLING, William. ~ A Walk in and about the City of Canterbury, with many Observations not to be found in any Description hitherto published. Canterbury: [W. Batcheller, printer, Dover] Published & Sold by William Blackley; sold also in London, by Baynes and Son, and Longman and Co. ... Nichols and Son ... . 1825.
8vo (225 × 145 mm), pp. xxiv, 366, , engraved portrait plus 31 engraved plates including large folding map. Some illustrations. Uncut, early annotation in ink on title page (where an early ownership inscription has been erased) and in index. Contemporary black quarter calf, marbled boards. Spine gilt with 5 raised bands, red morocco label, slightly rubbed otherwise a very good copy.
‘Thoroughly versed in the history of Canterbury, Gostling guided visitors around the city, and when confined by poor health for many years to his home, for he could not use his legs and his hands were much affected by gout, he wrote the well-regarded A Walk In and About the City of Canterbury. During the writing of this guide friends corrected his descriptions by personal observation. It was published in 1774 and ran to six editions, the last being in 1825’ (ODNB).
The extensive subscribers’ list to this final edition is almost entirely Kentish and contains the names of numerous prominent locals in Canterbury, Dover, Faversham, Sittingbourne etc. There are numerous revisions and a full chapter (xlviii) is added with additional material, together with 10 new plates.
Russell Smith, Bibliotheca Cantiana, pp. 114-5.