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MORRIS, Francis Orpen.

A Series of Picturesque Seats...

of the noblemen and gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. With descriptive and historical letterpress.

Availability: In stock

Published: London William Mackenzie, [1880]

Stock Code: 67808

£975
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition in book form; "the book's publishing history is complicated. It is described as having been issued in parts between 1864 and 1880, but selections from it like The Ancestral Homes of Britain of 1868 also appeared during this period" (Ray). Morris's Seats offers an unparalleled survey of British and Irish country houses in their late Victorian heyday, Lydon's superbly detailed and carefully composed plates - projecting an image of supremely placid and untroubled estates - were printed with considerable subtlety by Benjamin Fawcett, "the leading provincial colour printer of the age" (ibid).

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Description

Quarto, 6 volumes. Publisher's full red morocco, extra gilt on spine and boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers, roll to turn-ins, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Coloured woodblock vignette title pages, 240 coloured woodblock plates (heightened with gum arabic) by Alexander Francis Lydon, printed by Benjamin Fawcett.

Condition

Some occasional light foxing, an unusually bright set in excellent condition.

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