King John's House, Tollard Royal, Wilts
Printed privately, 1890. First Edition in hardback and in scarce slipcase. Blue percaline with gilt adornments, and gilt titles to spine. Top edge gilt. v, 26pp. + 25 plates including one fold-out. The book is rubbed at edges, the slipcase in good shape. Fold-out map to front has some neat tape repairs. Overall good. 315 x 255 mm (12½ x 10 inches).
Originally a hunting 'box' for King John, this historic house lies within the Cranborne Chase, an ancient deer forest where King John came to hunt. Lieutenant-General Pitt-Rivers inherited what is known as The Rushmore Estate in 1880. He created a deer park and ornamental parkland there - including the fabulous Larmer Tree Pleasure Gardens.