Bristol, W. C. Hemmons, 1st.ed., N.D. (c.1877). 129 + 30 advt. (some illsd.) pp., dock plan (fldg.). Blind decorated blue cloth ; gilt. 18 x 12cm. Small contemporary stamps of 'Herbert Webb' ; blind stamps of his address in Ashley Down, Bristol (neither unattractive) o/w V.G.+. The ancient port of Bristol was once one of the most important in the country until superseded by Liverpool during the 18th century. Nevertheless, Bristol remained a busy and vital port, and in 1877, about the time this book was published, a new trench had been dug making a new cut and the formation of docks at the river's mouth. The author examines the Port of Bristol's early commerce back to the 13th century. He describes the old port, the cutting of St. Augustine's trench, the building of bridges over the Avon, the Cabots, Bristol and the Spanish Armada, the port's association with the Royal Navy, Bristol in the 18th century, the floating harbour, the first transatlantic liners, Brunel's GREAT WESTERN and GREAT BRITAIN, various plans to improve the port, Avonmouth Docks, etc., etc. An excellent history of this ancient port, illustrated with a folding dock plan.