• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    BOYDELL, John and Josiah (publishers). An History of the River Thames, text by Willam Combe. London: W. Bulmer for John and Josiah Boydell, 1794-1796.

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    BOYDELL, John and Josiah (publishers). An History of the River Thames, text by Willam Combe. London: W. Bulmer for John and Josiah Boydell, 1794-1796.

    2 volumes, 2° (437 x 325mm). Engraved frontispiece, two letterpress titles to each volume, 76 hand-coloured aquatint plates by J.C. Stadler after J. Farington, 3 double-page, folding engraved map on two double-page sheets. Vol. I plate list bound at end of vol. II. Plates watermarked I. Taylor, undated. (Faint offsetting to plates, more noticeable on the folding map, spotting in about 15 text leaves and one plate, lighter spotting in 2 plates, neat marginal tear in one leaf.) Contemporary marbled boards, UNCUT (rubbed, rebacked and recornered in calf preserving early spine label). Provenance: Matthew Lewis (1750-1812, father of the novelist "Monk" Lewis; 19th-century armorial bookplate) -- Earls Cowper (Panshanger bookplate).

    A LARGE, UNCUT COPY OF THE FIRST ISSUE, with double titles, the dedication to King George III, and the impressions within aquatint borders. The early impressions of the plates "are infinitely superior" (Tooley) to later. The present set is particularly large, as tall as the Frost set which Tooley described as the finest he had seen. Abbey Scenery 432; Tooley 102.


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