Title: THE SOUTH EAST PROSPECT OF THE CITY OF ...
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Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were brothers who were born in Yorkshire, England at around the turn of the 18th century. After spending their formative years in the north, they moved south to the great bustling metropolis that was London, as so many rural people did in those days, seeking their possible fame and fortune. As young men, around 1724, they set out and began an ambitious work to traverse each and every county within England and Wales. They began to engrave and prepare the particular county¿s ¿antiquities¿ ¿ be they free standing or semi ruinous castles, stately homes, or religious and monastic buildings of importance and consequence ¿ although many were in an extremely poor state of neglect and abject disrepair after the first King Henry VIII in the 16th century, and then Oliver Cromwell later in the 17th century had their respective religious ¿purges.¿ It was during the preparation of these collections of county ¿antiquities¿ that the Buck brothers struck on the novel idea to also engrave some of the more important cities and towns. So, in my opinion, what resulted was the most wondrous, most influential and most important topographical undertaking that was ever done of England and Wales, not only of the 18th century but also for many years afterward. Prior to Buck¿s magnificent copper plate panoramas, virtually nothing had been done to depict views of significant English cities and towns. Only a handful were included in the atlas by Braun and Hogenberg in their Civitates Orbis Terrurum published in Cologne in 1581. I honestly feel that there is nothing at all to compare with these exquisite panoramas, in terms of technical skill, engraved detail and sheer scale and size. I also feel that a huge debt of gratitude is owed to these two enterprising and ambitious brothers, who have left us not only with a wonderful and enduring legacy, but also a truly unique ¿glimpse¿ and brief insight into an English way of life that can never be replicated nor indeed pass our way ever again. The city of Bristol, situated in the heart of England¿s ¿west country¿, was by 1734 when Samuel and Nathaniel Buck came to engrave this superb panorama, in its prime and at its commercial peak. Wherever you choose to look, the visual feast speaks to you of wealth, commerce, and a city that is flourishing and expanding. Evidence of these facts can be seen by the numerous churches, marine activity along the River Avon, and smelting works, but to name a few. To the left of the panorama, the (then) village of Clifton can be seen, some 130 years later an engineer by the name of Isambard Kingdom Brunel built a magnificent suspension bridge to link Bristol to Clifton over the Avon River and Gorge. In the foreground can be seen merchants and wealthy city folk high on a hill, looking down in wonder and admiration upon their marvelous city. It is interesting to note that there is an African or perhaps a Caribbean page boy in attendance with a young child¿s mother or nanny; Bristol was to the forefront of the English slave trade during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is a rare and significant opportunity to acquire one of these much sort after panoramas by England¿s premier topographical engravers, and is entirely in keeping with Arader Galleries fine and long standing tradition of only offering items of the highest quality. Description prepared for Arader Galleries by Ian Williams. Bookseller Inventory # 070074h
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Store Description: Arader galleries has specialized in the field of color plate books and early works on paper for over thirty years. The size and quality of our inventory is second to no other dealer. We are committed building the finest art and book collections for our clients. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you. Kate Hunter joined Arader Galleries in 2009 after working with Antiquarian books and leading Antiquarian bookdealers for more than two decades in Perth Western Australia, London England and most recently here in New York at Christie's. She would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about any of the books listed on ABE or meet you at our Galleries in New York.
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