A Survey Of The City of Worcester, Containing, The Ecclesiastical and Civil Government thereof, as originally founded, and the present Administration as since reformed. Comprehending Also The msot material Parts of its History, from its Foundation to the present Time. Extracted from the best Authorities. Together With and Account of whatever is most remarkable for Grandeur, Elegance, Curiosity, or Use, in this antient City. The Whole Embellished with Sixteen Copper-Plates of Perspective Views of the Public Buildings, &c. engraved from original Drawings, taken on purpose for this Work. [Epigraph] - By Valentine Green, of Worcester. -

Valentine Green ARA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Worcester:: Printed by J. Butler for S. Gamidge, at Prior's Head. -, M DCC LXIV.

Physical Description

[4], vii, [1], 252 p., [16] pl. (some folding); 196 mm. (8° in 4s)


[T.p., dedic.] - The Preface - A List Of The Subscribers - Contents - [Text and plates]; Errata.

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn by V. Green and engraved by R. Hancock, apart from the fifteenth, which is signed as drawn and engraved by I. Taylor (probably Isaac Taylor the elder (1730-1807), possibly his brother James (1737/8-1790)). Several carry the imprint of the publisher and bookseller, S. Gamidge.

The work is dedicated by Valentine Green to James, Lord Bishop of Worcester.


ESTC, T146687
A. Whitman, Valentine Green (1902).

Summary Note

This is one of Valentine Green's first publications. In Worcester he had been apprenticed to the engraver Robert Hancock. About 1766 he moved to London, and shortly afterwards began to produce the mezzotints for which he is best known.

The plates are captioned, and show: [1] 'S.W. View of the City of Worcester'; [2] 'Roman Coins found in this City'; [3] 'K. Edgar's Tower'; [4] 'Worcester Cathedral'; [5] 'The Inside of the Cathedral Church of Worcester from the West End'; [6] 'St. Nicholas'; [7] St. Swithins'; [8] 'All-Saints'; [9] 'S.E. View of St. Clements.; S.E. View of St. Johns in Bedwardine'; [10] 'St. Andrews'; [11] 'St. Albans; St. Martins'; [12] 'St. Helens'; [13] 'S.E. View of St. Peters; N.E. View of St. Michaels, in Bedwardine'; [14] 'The Bishop's Palace; The Audit Hall'; [15] 'Guild-Hall Worcester'; [16] 'A Plan of the City of Worcester, with References'.


A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


The front pastedown carries the bookplate of E. Donald Smart. Purchased 7 February 2003 from Toby English.

Copy Note

The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil 'Plan + 15 copperplates £2/5/-' and in a different hand 'map + 15 plates ($853)'.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Green's Survey Of Worcester'.


Cities - Architecture - Churches - Great Britain - Worcester - History
Views - Maps - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Valentine Green ARA, draughtsman
Robert Hancock, engraver
Samuel Gamidge, publisher
John Butler, printer
James Johnson Bishop of Worcester, dedicatee
E. Donald Smart, previous owner
Isaac Taylor the elder, draughtsman, engraver