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Kay, John (1742-1826)

Published by Hugh Paton, Carver and Gilderto Hewr Majesty Queen Victoria, Edinburgh (1838)

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About this Item: Hugh Paton, Carver and Gilderto Hewr Majesty Queen Victoria, Edinburgh, 1838. First edition. First edition. TOTAL OF 358 PLATES. 170 engravings in volume I. Vol. II with 159 plates plus 29 plates in the Appendix. xix, [i], 430, iv, ix; 472; iv; iv, xi, ii pp. 2 vols. Large 4to. Kay was born in Gibraltar, near Dalkeith, Scotland. He was a barber in Edinburgh. ?He was self-taught and produced many portrait sketches which are marked by their quaint originality and convey the true likeness of the sitter ? The artist made some arrangements with a view to the publication of his works. He was aided, it is said, by James Thomson Callender, who compiled some descriptive letterpress, including a slight autobiographical sketch, but the work was unfinished at the time of Kay's death. In 1837?8 a quarto edition of his plates, under the title ?A series of original portraits and caricature etchings by the late John Kay, miniature painter, Edinburgh,? was published in monthly numbers by Hugh Paton of Edinburgh. A second edition, in four volumes, was issued in 1842 by the same publishers. The plates then passed into the hands of A. and C. Black of Edinburgh, who had them retouched, and in 1877 published a third edition in two volumes, after which the coppers were destroyed. A ?popular letterpress edition?, in two volumes, which very inadequately reproduced the more interesting plates, and reprinted only a portion of the letterpress, was published in London and Glasgow in 1855? (ODNB).This copy bears the bookplate of Sir Archibald Berkeley Milne (1855-1938), who was a naval officer and rear-admiral in charge of HM yachts and son of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne and grandson of Admiral Sir David Milne. Murdoch, p. 12 Bound in contemporary half calf, with gilt spines laid down. Bookplate of Sir A[rchibald] Berkeley Milne, Bart TOTAL OF 358 PLATES. 170 engravings in volume I. Vol. II with 159 plates plus 29 plates in the Appendix. xix, [i], 430, iv, ix; 472; iv; iv, xi, ii pp. 2 vols. Large 4to. Seller Inventory # 250157

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