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DODWELL, Edward.

Views in Greece, from drawings …

Published: London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821

Stock code: 67038

Price: £37,500

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First edition of one of the most spectacular aquatint travel books of its era, with good quality plates and excellent colouring; those engraved and coloured by Havell in particular are outstanding. The plates were intended to illustrate Dodwell’s A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece, during the years 1801, 1805, and 1806, two volumes, quarto, 1819, which itself was issued with some 60 engravings by Heath, but the Views became a separate publication issued in parts, in a portfolio, though many copies have since been bound in book form. Dodwell travelled in Greece and the islands for four years; the drawings for the plates were chosen from over 400 chosen by Dodwell and 600 by Pomardi, the artist who accompanied him.

Folio. Six parts, as issued, in original buff wrappers, green roan spines, titles printed to front wrapper, pasted errata slip on rear wrapper of part 5. Housed in a later nineteenth-century half hard-grain morocco folder to style, later labels. Housed in a black cloth solander box. 30 coloured aquatints mounted on card in imitation of drawings, mounts tinted in grey on upper surface, with guards, this copy complete with the printed title slips to back of mounts which are often lacking, loosely inserted in the wrappers as issued. Text in English and French. Some skilful repair to green roan spines, wrappers edges a little frayed in places, three front wrappers with short tears at fore-edge and old paper repairs on verso, some offsetting or browning to text leaves, still an excellent copy in original state.

Bibliography: Abbey Travel 130; Colas 876; Prideaux, pp. 234, 334; Tooley (1954) 182.

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