The History of North-Allerton, in the County of York. To…

~ The History of North-Allerton, in the County of York. To which is added a Description of the Castle-Hills. By Miss. A. Crosfield. Northallerton: Printed by and for J. Langdale; and sold by Messrs. Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York. 1791.

[bound after:] [SCHOFIELD, James]. An historical and descriptive Guide to Scarbrough and its Environs. York: Printed by W. Blanchard, for James Schofield, bookseller, in Scarborough; and sold by Mr. Richardson... London; Mess. Todd, Frobisher, and Spence, York; Mess. Bell and Millson, Hull; Mr. Sanderson, Doncaster; Mr. Smith, Leeds; Mr. Edwards, Halifax; Mr. Hargrove, Harrogate; Mr. Clark, Whitby; and Mr. Sagg, bookseller, in Malton, [?1787].

2 works bound together, 8vo (210 × 130 mm), [The History of North-Allerton] pp. [3]-88, without half-title; [Schofield] pp. 192; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt with two red morocco labels; spine and corners worn, joints cracked.

First editions. According to ESTC The History of North-Allerton work is ‘variously attributed to Thomas Langdale, to James Langdale and to Miss A. Crosfield.’ The poetical portion of the work comes at the end, with Miss Crosfield's two poems, pp. 70-80, and a final poem 'Praise of Yorkshire ale. Written by Mr. Giles Morrington', pp.[81]-88. Miss Crosfield does not appear in Foxon, Lonsdale or Todd A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers and certainly the bibliographers of verse by women seem to have missed her. She did not, however, escape the vigilance of Aubin in Topographical Poetry in XVIII-Century England (p. 89, 299) who records ‘A Description of the Castle Hills, near Northallerton. Written in the Year 1746’ as appearing in Town and Country Magazine., IX, 1777.

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