Large 4to's: xviii,330,; ,275,pp, with 80 hand-colored aquatint plates of stained glass, mosaics, tombs, monuments and architectural details; one hand-colored line engraving; a plan of the church, and an uncolored engraved portrait of William Vincent. Complete with both half titles and list of subscribers, with text by William Combe and plates after F. Mackenzie, A. Pugin, and others. Bound in dark green half-morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, spine in five compartments (two framed and decorated in gilt, three lettered direct in gilt) between raised bands paneled in gilt, matching marbled end papers, all edges gilt. An excellent, square set, beautifully bound, boards lightly rubbed, several quires foxed or toned, virtually all plates offset onto opposing pages (a few heavily so), else a bright, wide-margined example. Martin Hardie, p. 103-04. Abbey, Scenery, 213 and 214. Tooley 2. Adams 108. Prideaux, p. 331. First Issue (with first plate in v. 2, Aymer de Valance, signed in error "F. Mackenzie" instead of "A. Pugin.") "A book that should be highly rated both as an exhaustive pictorial record of the Abbey and for its individual architectural plates, beautifully composed and aquatinted with the addition of discreet colour just sufficient to suggest the cloistered intimacy of sunlight filtered by lofty windows onto fretted stone, wood and metal" (Adams). "[I]ntended as a 'companion and continuation of the Microcosm of London.' Originally published in sixteen monthly numbers . . . When it was completed, [Ackermann] had all the original drawings bound up with the letterpress and mounted on vellum, making a unique copy." (Hardie) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Color Plate] The History of the Abbey ...
Publisher: Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by L. Harrison and J. C. Leigh, 373, Strand
Publication Date: 1812
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
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