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Picturesque views on the river Thames, from its source in Glocestershire to the Nore; with observations on the public buildings and other works of art in its vicinity.

Ireland, Samuel.

Published by T. & J. Egerton, London, 1792
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First edition of Ireland's guidebook to the architectural, botanical, artistic, and historical pleasures to be found along the Thames, featuring assorted poetical digressions as well as descriptions of the splendor of Blenheim Castle and other castles and manors, the disrepair of London Bridge, and paintings by Rubens and Holbein. The two volumes are copiously illustrated with 52 aquatint plates engraved by C. Apostool after drawings by Ireland, 2 maps, and a number of in-text cuts. 4to (25 cm, 9.8"). 2 vols. I: Add. engr. t.-p., xvi, 209, [3] pp.; 1 map, 27 plts., illus. II: Add. engr. t.-p., viii (incl. t.-p.), 258, [4] pp.; 1 map, 25 plts., illus. ESTC T2691; Abbey, Scenery, 430. Period-style quarter calf over marbled paper?covered sides, spines with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels, gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-stamped decorations in compartments. Versos only of half-titles, title-pages, and a few other leaves stamped by a now-defunct institution. Plates lightly to moderately spotted, with some instances of light offsetting to pages around plates. Pages faintly age-toned, with edges untrimmed; one leaf with lower outer corner torn away, not touching text. This supplies both handsome, interesting pictures and good, now quaint reading. Bookseller Inventory # 15107

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Title: Picturesque views on the river Thames, from ...

Publisher: T. & J. Egerton, London

Publication Date: 1792

Edition: 1st Edition

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