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ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.): GERNING, Johann Isaac von.

A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:

With Illustrations of the scenes, remarkable events, and of popular traditions. Embellished with twenty-four highly finished and coloured engravings, from the drawings of M. Schuetz; and accompanied by a map. Translated from the German by John Black.

London: R. Ackermann, 1820 Stock Code: 136164
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First illustrated edition

First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was the first title in Ackermann's "Picturesque Tour" series and was issued in six monthly parts. While Gerning's text was originally published in German in 1819, the introduction makes it clear that Ackermann was already working on his illustrated edition. Abbey suggests that "that the text was commissioned by Ackermann, as were the views for the plates".

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Quarto (343 x 280 mm). Finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in dark green half morocco, green buckram boards, raised bands, titles to spine gilt, compartments and boards ruled in single gilt fillets, top edge gilt, pale green endpapers.


With 24 hand-coloured aquatints and one large folding map with colour highlights. Includes the list of subscribers.


Spine slightly sunned, boards a touch scuffed and rubbed, minor offsetting from plates, occasional light spotting, a couple of creases to the Bornhofen plate and a small repair to the margin on the Biebrich plate. Overall a very good copy.


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