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MORRIS, Francis Orpen.

A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland....

With descriptive and historical letterpress.

Availability: In stock

Published: London William Mackenzie, [c.1880]

Stock Code: 133586

£1,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, including the seventh volume of facsimiles of subscribers' signatures, not usually present. "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

7 volumes, quarto. Publisher's deluxe binding of red full morocco over bevelled boards, spines gilt ruled and decorated with crown motifs, sides elaborately panelled in gilt and blind, large central gilt stamp bearing the title and the royal arms, all edges gilt, gilt roll tool turn-ins, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

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

Condition

Colour retouched at extremities, some foxing. Autograph volume in worse shape, morocco dulled, joints rubbed and splitting, chip at head of spine, but still all holding. A very good set.

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