First edition, Tooley's third state with the "Charter House from the Playground" and "Westminster School Room" reworked. "Winchester College from the Meadows" in second state dated Jan.y 1 1816. Plates with watermarks dated 1812 and 1816, text watermarks dated 1812 and 1816. Illustrated with 48 very fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by Havell, Bluck, Stadler, Bennett or Agar after Westall, Mackenzie, Unwins, Pugin, Gendall. Large 4to, in a truly impressive and beautiful contemporary binding of full straight-grained blue/black morocco, the spine with gilt decorated raised bands creating elaborately gilt tooled compartments in a Gothic ecclesiastical motif, one compartment gilt lettered, both boards with a wide gilt tooled border enclosing a smaller border in blind, these around central gilt block of an abbey or church entrance, board edges gilt stippled and with gilt tooled turn-ins, slate endpapers, a.e.g., baronial bookplate of Thomas Gladstone, 2nd Baronet, a Tory politician and brother of Liberal four-time Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone. vi, , 56, 72, 27, 32, 34, 22 40, 34, 43 pp. A splendid copy of this grand book, clean and fresh in a most impressive period binding with fine provenance. The text especially fresh with some light offsetting from the plates as is always encountered, the binding bright and handsome, very minor evidence of age and a little cosmetic cracking at the very bottom of the joints which are still firm and strong. ONE OF THE GREATEST ENGLISH COLOURPLATE BOOKS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF AQUATINT PRINTING, IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION AND IN A VERY FINE PERIOD BINDING WITH EXCEPTIONAL GENTLEMANLY HISTORY. The views of colleges here were a follow-up to Ackermann's volumes on Oxford and Cambridge, ".fittingly followed by a history of the Colleges. the highest praise for which is that it equals, if not surpasses, that of the Oxford and Cambridge. forming a magnificent trilogy" - Martin Hardie, English Coloured Books. In this issue the plate "Charter House from the Playground" is in the preferred state which shows masters and boys in the foreground playing cricket, it replaced the original image of two charwomen laying out laundry on the lawn, which proved unpopular. The plate "Westminster School Room" was reworked by putting hats on the masters' heads, and the names on the right hand wall were made to stand out clearly. With the provenance of Sir Thomas Gladstone who was educated at Eton and for whom the binding was likely designed. Gladstone was a Tory politician from Liverpool, who upon inheriting the barony returned to the ancestral seat in the Highlands to become a country squire. His younger brother William enjoyed a political career lasting over sixty years, and served as Prime Minister four separate times, more than any other person. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: HISTORY OF THE COLLEGES OF WINCHESTER, ETON,...
Publisher: London Printed for and published by R. Ackermann 1816
Book Description R. Ackermann, London, 1816. Full Calf. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Folio-sized. 34.5 by 28 cm. 48 hand-colored plates, 44 of which are views, four, costume. Pagination is separate for each of the schools: vi (including list of subscribers), 56, 72, 40, 32, 43, 34, 34, 27, 22,  pp. The greatest number of plates are devoted to Eton and Winchester, which get ten each, with the other schools genreally receiving five each. The plates capture the architectural glory of these institutions, as well as the romance that had already gathered around them, with nary an acknowledgment of the underside of their strict and spartan regime. Scattered foxing, heavy at times, but most leaves and plates are in fact clean. Sometimes heavy offsetting from the plates onto the facing pages. Full contemporary calf with gothic architectural motive and border decoration blindstamped. Rebacking, with original spine preserved and laid on. Some small chips and scuffs to the leather. Notwithstanding its wear, it remains decidedly handsome. Bookseller Inventory # 003773
Book Description London: R. Ackermann, 1816, 1816. Large quarto (340 x 275 mm). Mid-20th-century straight-grain red morocco by Bayntun, flat bands gilt to spine, title gilt to second compartment, two-line frames and fan cornerpieces gilt to remaining compartments, concentric fillets gilt to sides enclosing a broad hop and vine-leaf roll and an inner dotted roll gilt, large cornerpieces built up from fan and floral tools, gilt edges, broad foliate roll gilt to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, bound brown silk page-markers. Housed in a custom red cloth slipcase. Joints very lightly rubbed in sections, a few faint, almost imperceptible scores to front board, small spot to margin of frontispiece, tissue-guard creased, mild foxing to title page, more heavily to binder's blanks, occasional, very light offsetting, small spray of pale mottling to plate 24, tiny fore-edge nick to plate 25, otherwise a few trivial spots or marks. An excellent copy with generous margins. 44 aquatints after Gendall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and Westall, and 4 line-engravings of costume after Uwin, all hand-coloured. First edition, second issue as usual, plate 26, "Charter House from the Playground", with cricketers instead of washerwomen, and plates 5 and 23, "Winchester College, from the Meadow" and "Westminster School Room", both in the preferred first state. With a copy of the very rare first issue, second state of the Charter House plate laid in, retaining the washerwomen, the title erased. (Tooley considered the first issue, first state, with the washerwomen and the original title, "Charter House School ", to be "extraordinarily rare"; he had only ever seen one copy.) The History of the Colleges, printed in a run of 1,000 copies, which were then issued in twelve monthly parts from 1 January 1816, was the culmination of the series of fine topographical books which established Ackermann's reputation, and which are "widely held to be among the most beautiful illustrated books of the first half of the nineteenth century" (ODNB); with Ackermann's Oxford and Cambridge in particular it forms a "magnificent trilogy" (Hardie). Tooley noted that "Ackermann's 'Schools' is more popular than his 'Oxford' and 'Cambridge' and occurs less frequently for sale The two states of the first issue, and the second issue are all desirable". The text is by William Combe, author of Dr Syntax, and W. H. Pyne. The plates, which are mainly after Westall, Pugin and Mackenzie, demonstrate the full range of these artists' capabilities, from detailed architectural studies to Arcadian landscapes and Regency interiors, and in this splendidly bound copy are preserved in exceptionally fresh condition, the plates watermarked 1812, the text-leaves 1816. Abbey, Scenery 438; Hardie pp. 106 & 311; Tooley 3. Bookseller Inventory # 118891