Pote married the widow of an Eton bookseller and moved permanently to the town circa 1730. ODNB notes: ‘Pote published several schoolbooks and classical texts throughout his career but there were also scholarly works aimed at a wider public than the boys at Eton College. Remarkably soon after his arrival in Eton he published Catalogus almunorum … de Etona (1730) and later, a revised edition of William Cave’s Historia literaria (1735), and there were a few popular works—The Foreigner’s Guide to London (1728) and the History and Antiquities of Windsor Castle (1749)’.
If you want something done right
In the preface Pote explains that his proposal to print material collected much earlier by Elias Ashmole and John Mapletoft was so well received that he planned an entirely new book, but as no new author would undertake the work ‘necessity not choice, obliged the Bookseller to act himself, in the double capacity of Author and Printer’.
Condition & Materials
4to. pp. [vi], i-iii, [xi], 431, [i] + 13 engraved plates of monuments, views etc. of which three are folding, mostly engraved by Richard Parr, including a portrait of the dedicatee, Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-1751) which is facing a letterpress dedication printed in red; also including folding plan of Windsor Castle by R. Biggs, engraved by Parr with J. Smith; additional sheet with views of the Castle bound opposite p. 194. Scattered foxing and spotting at intervals. Contemporary calf, worn, rebacked, endpapers renewed.