A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
Containing a Description of the most Romantic Scenery of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, with Accounts of Antient and Modern Manners and Customs, and Elucidations of the History and Antiquities of that Part of the Country, etc. etc. Illustrated with forty-eight Coloured Views drawn during a Two Year Residence among the Lakes.London, R. Ackermann, 1821 Stock Code: 115759
NotesFirst edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of the lakes, executed by able artists in a style worthy of the subject" with "a description of all that is interesting and remarkable in the nature and appearance of the country combining a judicious selection from the labours of former writers with much new and original information" (publisher's introduction). Of the plates 35 are after Fielding, 12 after James Walton, his brother-in-law, and one after Westall. Fielding was "teacher of drawing and perspective at the East India Company's military college at Addiscombe" (ODNB). An appealing copy of an increasingly hard-to-find book.
Large quarto (350 x 278 mm). Recent blue crushed morocco by Bayntun (Riviere), raised bands to spine, compartments richly gilt with floral sprays, second and fourth lettered in gilt, rolled floral border gilt to covers within twin gilt fillets either side, beaded roll gilt to board-edges, broad turn-ins gilt with floral and fillet rolls, top edge gilt, other untrimmed, marbled endpapers.
48 hand-coloured aquatint plates, similar vignette to the title page.
Light foxing to preface and contents leaves, otherwise a few trivial spots or marks, faint crease across upper outer corners from half-title to sig. C2, the images never affected. An excellent copy with bright and attractive plates.
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