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Select Views of London.

With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of some of the most Interesting of its Public Buildings. Compiled and Arranged by John B. Papworth.

London: R. Ackermann, 1816 Stock Code: 147436
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First edition in book form of this splendid illustrated account of Regency London. Select Views first appeared in Ackermann's Repository of Arts between 1810 and 1815 prior to its publication in the present book-form edition, an edition considered "a vivid testimony of the high standards of this monthly publication" (University of Rochester, online).

The work is divided into the "Western" and "Eastern" Divisions, namely Westminster and the City of the London. There are depictions of Westminster Abbey, Grosvenor Square, the British Museum, Whitehall Chapel, Bank of England, Newgate and Old Bailey, as well as "representations of City churches and other topographical features now no longer in existence" (Prideaux). "Of particular topographical interest is the set of views of West End Squares... Select Views also topically records the ephemeral structures which appeared in the parks to celebrate the Peace of 1814" (Adams).

Papworth entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1798, becoming "noted for his mastery of perspective and classical ornament... His contribution to the evolution of design is particularly important, spanning, as it does, the changes in taste and fashion that mark the transition from the late Georgian to the early Victorian period. This was a time which saw the emergence of a new group of patrons - bankers, industrialists, and businessmen - who were to constitute Papworth's main clients, and for whom he not only designed estates, villas, and business premises, but also handled the internal furnishing and decorations of these buildings, as well as landscaping of the gardens" (ODNB).

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Imperial octavo in half-sheets (272 x 183 mm). Late 19th/early 20th century green morocco by Riviere & Son, spine lettered in gilt, gilt in compartments, triple gilt fillet to covers, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


One plate duplicated: "View of Piccadilly from Hyde Park Corner Turnpike" and one lacking: "Tyburn Turnpike", thus 76 plates in all, all hand-coloured aquatints or line-engraved, of which 5 folding, all by Stadler or Hamble after Papworth or Pugin.


20th century bookplate of Ronald Lindsay to front pastedown. Binding in fine condition. Various peripheral paper repairs including to title though neatly done and never affecting text or image, some light running staining at foot. A good copy, nicely bound.


Abbey Scenery 217; Adams 117; Prideaux pp. 144-7; Tooley 361.


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