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AMHERST, William Amhurst Tyssen-.

A collection of views of different places, seen during a tour on the Continent, February 1852.

France and Italy, 1852 Stock Code: 122697
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An attractive Grand Tour album, consisting largely of architectural subjects and views in Nîmes, Arles and Rome amongst others, together with "types" and scenes of local life, compiled by the seventeen year-old William Amhurst Daniel-Tyssen, later William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, 1st baron Amherst of Hackney, art collector, bibliophile and politician. Educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, he was still an undergraduate when his father died in 1855, bequeathing him large properties in London and Norfolk. His estates at Didlington Hall, near Brandon, and elsewhere totalled over 9000 acres; he farmed on a large scale and was a noted breeder of Norfolk polled cattle. Tyssen-Amherst served as MP for West Norfolk, 1880-5 and for South-West Norfolk 1885-92, he was also High Sheriff of the county in 1866. "Collecting books and antiquities was Tyssen-Amhurst's chief interest, and he gathered a library rich in ecclesiastical history and editions of the English Bible Equally strong was his interest in the history of the spread of printing, and historic bookbindings. He bought steadily from the 1860s, often in friendly rivalry with the earl of Carysfort, and had the benefit in the saleroom of the regular agency of Bernard Quaritch. His library included seventeen Caxtons, in its day one of the two or three best collections in private hands Tyssen-Amherst also took a pioneering interest in Egyptian antiquities by collecting some important papyri, of which two catalogues were issued: by P. E. Newberry on the Egyptian papyri in 1899, and by B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt on the Greek in 1900. Both sections were eventually bought by Pierpont Morgan in 1913" (ODNB). An extremely attractive memento of the connoisseur in embryo.

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Quarto (252 x 202 mm). Half diced skiver, marbled boards, sketch-book/album, paper patch label mounted on the front board, title as above, all edges gilt.


69 leaves with over 130 mounted engravings, lithographs, plans - one folding - mostly small "post-card" formats, but a few up to 145 x 203 mm, and a double-page panorama of Nîmes, (148 x 308 mm); occasional manuscript notes and a few pencilled sketches -


A little rubbed, but remains very good.


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