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APPERLEY, Charles James (NIMROD)
THE LIFE OF JOHN MYTTON, Esq., ........ London Routledge 1869
Octavo 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, HANDSOMELY LEATHER BOUND IN FULL RED MOROCCO with gilt edges. xii, 234 pages. ILLUSTRATED WITH A VIGNETTE ENGRAVED TITLE AND 18 FINE HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATES, fourth edition. Some occasional spotting but a reasonable copy with the usual bright plates. A key book amongst the English hand coloured aquatint sporting books.


LOUTHERBOURG, Philippe Jacques de (1740-1812).
The Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales, from drawings made expressly for this undertaking by P.J. de Loutherbourg... with historical and descriptive accounts of several places of which views are given. London: printed for Robert Bowyer by T. Bensley, 1805 text watermarked 1801, 1802 and 1805.
Folio (18 1/2 x 13 inches). Titles and parallel text in French and English. 18 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by William Pickett, after de Loutherbourg, the colouring by John Clark. Rebacked in dark green straight-grained morocco, with the original marbled boards with the original lettering label on the upper board. The plates are watermarked Whatman on the outer edges thus with no space for the date to show- but clearly first or very early impressions. A GOOD COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this beautifully produced celebration of the Romantic landscapes of England and Wales. Philippe de Loutherbourg trained with the Flemish painter Carle van Loo in Paris, and was elected to the French Academie Royale in 1767. In 1771 he moved to London where he worked as a stage designer for David Garrick until he was able to establish himself as a landscape painter. His success may be gauged from the fact that he was elected a Royal Academician in 1781. The present work, from images created towards the end of his career, demonstrate how far he had moved from the realism of the Flemish landscape tradition of his youth to the stylized idealization of landscape that was a hallmark of the British Romantic movement at the turn of the nineteenth century. The work is unusual in that not only does the title name the artist but also the engraver and the colourist: a reflection perhaps of both the publisher's and artists's appreciation of the high quality of the beautifully executed images. The present example is from the more desirable first issue: Abbey notes that the text was entirely reset for the later issue published circa 1824. As the title suggests, the plates depict a selection of the most picturesque scenery from all over England and Wales: from close to London (Chigwell) to the seaside of the south coast (Margate, Ramsgate, the Isle of Wight), Hampshire, the Midlands (Dudley), the Lake District, Derbyshire, Shropshire (the ironworks at Coalbrookdale) and finishing with a delightful series of seven views of Welsh scenery. References- Abbey Scenery 9; Lowndes I, p.1400; Tooley 305


Royal folio 28x20 inches, half publisher's brown morocco. Title printed in blue with a coloured vignette, dedication also printed in blue, one leaf of explanatory introduction, list of plates and 25 SUPERB COLOUR PLATES MOUNTED ON CARD - with accompanying leaves of text. THE PLATES ARE HAND COLOURED CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS - where the main body of the plates are printed in three colours and the details and figures are hand coloured and finished. Said to have been coloured by Nash himself. This is a rare Royal Copy - see description in Abbey Scenery. The card mounts and the text are spotted - as usual - but the plates themselves are fine in stunning colour. The binding is also somewhat worn as usual due to the extreme weight of the volume.



THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL RESIDENCES of Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House and Frogmore. London. A. Dry. 1819
3 volumes quarto 13 3/4 x 12 inches, bound in period half red morocco over marbled boards, volume one rehinged, slightly rubbed. Text and sectional titles, illustrated with 100 FINELY HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATES. Complete. An unusual copy with exceptionally fine hand colouring. The plates are colour printed aquatints with additional hand colouring - as issued- using thick colours and gum Arabic. Internally a good copy with only one plate very slightly spotted and only one slightly offset where the binder omitted a flimsy. AN EARLY FIRST EDITION with prepublication watermarks in the text dated indistinctly 1815 or maybe 1813. Also unusually volumes two and three have the reverse titles thus the list of plates and the list of the royal paintings are bound at the back of volume two. An unprepossessing binding more than compensated for by the quality of the colouring. One of the key British colour plate books. Featuring numerous images of the details of interiors of buildings such a Carlton House and Windsor Castle that were lost in renovations applied by subsequent generations. William Henry Pyne 1769 -1843 was an English writer, illustrator and painter, this was his major work which bankrupted him. He was imprisoned for debt more than once, and died a poor man. Bibliography - Abbey Scenery 396.


ROWLANDSON, THOMAS illustrator and others.
Octavo 10 x 6 1/2 inches. Original publisher's grey boards with the original label but rather worn. Second edition, title, dedication, advertisement leaf, contents leaf, xv, 215 pages, ILLUSTRATED WITH 21 HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATES, COMPLETE. An uncut copy in original boards, a bit shaken but clean and with exceptional bright hand colouring.


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