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    Sale 7725

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 230

    ENGLEFIELD, Henry C. (c.1752-1822). A Description of the Principal Picturesque Beauties, Antiquities, and Geological Phoenomena of the Isle of Wight. London: William Bulmer and Co., for Payne and Foss, 1816.

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    ENGLEFIELD, Henry C. (c.1752-1822). A Description of the Principal Picturesque Beauties, Antiquities, and Geological Phoenomena of the Isle of Wight. London: William Bulmer and Co., for Payne and Foss, 1816.

    4° (334 x 260mm). Half-title. 50 engraved plates, by W.B. and G. Cooke after T. Webster, including 9 double-page (one aquatint) and 4 maps (3 double-page and one aquatint), the double-page plates on guards. (Variable spotting.) Contemporary russia tooled in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers and edges (minor scuff-mark on back cover).

    The importance of Englefield's topographical work on the Isle of Wight is further enhanced by its supplementary matter on geology by Thomas Webster. Both men were fellows of the Geological Society, among other learned societies, and Englefield had commissioned Webster's work, resulting in THE FIRST DETAILED GEOLOGICAL MAP OF THE REGION. Abbey Scenery, 345.


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