Folio, 120 steel engraved plates. The author describes Joseph Mallard William Turner's education thus, "He learnt reading from his father, writing and probably little else from at his schools at Brentford and Margate, perspective (imperfectly) from T. Malton, architecture (imperfectly and classical only) from Mr. Hardwick, water-colour drawing from Dr. Monro, and perhaps some hints as to painting in oils from Sir Joshua Reynolds, in whose house he studied for awhile. Like other men of those pre-photographic days, he spent much of his time in making topographical drawings."[see: BRYAN'S DICTIONARY, Vol.V, p.214]. Plates and text very clean, pictorial covers with elaborate gilt and blind stamping, marbled endpapers, modest scuffing and rubbing to cover surfaces, firm and tight set. Orig. publisher's full brown morocco, front cover gilt lettering bright and sharp. Aeg. 2 vols. Bookseller Inventory # 20813
Title: The Turner Gallery; The Descriptive Text by ...
Publication Date: 1880
Illustrator: Turner, J.M.W
Edition: 1st American edition.
Book Description New York, D.Appleton. n.d. (185-). Folio (11 x 14 1/2 ins, 275 x 370mm), in the original parts, printed stiff covers, completely loose, some part covers present, perhaps a few leaves of text missing, edges of text and protective tissues frayed. 117 (of 120 in all) steel plates, including 2 frontispieces. 2 plates with poor water colouring, the plates themselves remarkably clean and fresh. Bookseller Inventory # 10062