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Travel in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770- 1860: A Bibliographical Catalogue.

Abbey, J. R.

ISBN 10: 1556602871 / ISBN 13: 9781556602870
Published by San Francisco, Calif: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts., 1991
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Two volumes in one. 740 pp. Illustrated. Reduced size reprint of 1956-1957 editions. As new. Bookseller Inventory # 287-1

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Title: Travel in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770- ...

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts.

Publication Date: 1991

Book Condition:Good

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This is the essential bibliography for the collector of British books with color plates from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Many of the plates have been removed from the books and are sold or collected individually and this catalogue has exhaustive descriptions of the individual plates as well as the books they come from. Very important for identifying first editions and later reprints. This reduced size edition contains the 2 volumes that catalogue books on travel, most with magnificent plates. The full size volumes are published by the same publisher.

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Major John Roland Abbey (1894 1969)

He was the son of William Henry Abbey and married Lady Ursula Helen Cairns, daughter of Wilfred Dallas Cairns, 4th Earl Cairns and Olive Cobbold. Served in WWI and WWII.
Major Roland Abbey was one of the greatest bibliophiles of his time, begun collecting books in 1929 and having formed a superb collection of illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books. The latter were sold in the 1950 s to the American collector Paul Mellon who after his death in 1999 were bequeathed to Yale University.
Part of the Library was sold by Sotheby s (see, Catalogue of The Celebrated Library of (The Late) Major J. R. Abbey, vols 1-7, London : Sotheby & Co. (1966-)1970.
«Maj. J. R. Abbey's book collection was the largest and one of the most remarkable of his generation. He is perhaps best known for his collection of color-plate books and fine bindings, but he also collected many illuminated manuscripts and at one time owned seven books from the library of the sixteenth-century French book collector Jean Grolier. Abbey was one of the first to collect neglected minor works and bought copies of them in their original wrappered parts. From the beginning it was the appearance of books that appealed to him, and two Arts Council exhibitions of bindings from his collection show that he was attracted by the strong geometric patterning and vibrant colors of contemporary English and French binders. Although he was not a scholar, he was an avid visitor of libraries and bookshops, making note of his own observations and also drawing on the advice of distinguished scholars such as A. N. L. Munby and G. D. Hobson when adding to his collection.» apud Dictionary of Literary Biography on Maj. J. R. Abbey
Bibliography: ABBEY, JOHN ROLAND, A Bibliographic Catalogue from the Library of J.R. Abbey. 4 vols, 1952

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