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The Shores and Islands of the Mediterranean.

Published: London: Fisher, Son, & Co., [c.1840]

Stock code: 105114

Price: £750

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A handsomely bound copy. “From the 1820s to the 1840s Wright published many minor works on subjects ranging from the Greek language to biography and philosophy. Some were schoolbooks. The bulk, however, were topographical works including several on Ireland” (ODNB); Fisher was one of the leading specialist topographical print-publishers in London in the first decades of the 19th century, catering to the great vogue for steel-engraved books.

Quarto (272 209 mm). Contemporary dark red full morocco, spine richly gilt in compartments with raised bands milled gilt, sides elaborately panel-stamped in gilt and blind, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, green endbands,red page-marker, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Engraved vignette half-title, folding map of the Mediterranean, 63 steel-engraved plates with tissue-guards by Wallis, Sands, Challis and others after Temple, Leitch, Irton and Allen. Binding very faintly rubbed in the usual areas and with a few minor abrasions to the rear board, half-title foxed, occasional faint spotting to margins of plates, otherwise a very good copy indeed with rich impressions of the plates.

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