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SEELEY, John. Stowe. A Description of the House and Gardens.  London: J. Edwards, 1797. 4° (245 x 185mm). Engraved title, 25 engraved plates, 6 engraved plans, one folding, double-page map. (Variable light spotting.) Contemporary red morocco by Christian Kalthoeber (with his orange label), covers with double gilt fillets and inner dotted roll bordering a repeated foliate scroll, star burst devices at corners, fan-shaped inner corner-pieces built up of various tools, gilt spine with double bands outlined with thick and thin gilt fillets, lettered in one panel, the others elaborately tooled, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilded, silk marker (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: William Beckford (neat ms. note to verso of front endpaper, and printed catalogue entry on pastedown from the Hamilton Palace sale part III, Sotheby's 11 July 1883, lot 1876) -- Archibald Rosebery (book label; sold at Sotheby's 28 October 1975, lot 374).
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SEELEY, John. Stowe. A Description of the House and Gardens. London: J. Edwards, 1797. 4° (245 x 185mm). Engraved title, 25 engraved plates, 6 engraved plans, one folding, double-page map. (Variable light spotting.) Contemporary red morocco by Christian Kalthoeber (with his orange label), covers with double gilt fillets and inner dotted roll bordering a repeated foliate scroll, star burst devices at corners, fan-shaped inner corner-pieces built up of various tools, gilt spine with double bands outlined with thick and thin gilt fillets, lettered in one panel, the others elaborately tooled, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilded, silk marker (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: William Beckford (neat ms. note to verso of front endpaper, and printed catalogue entry on pastedown from the Hamilton Palace sale part III, Sotheby's 11 July 1883, lot 1876) -- Archibald Rosebery (book label; sold at Sotheby's 28 October 1975, lot 374).

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SEELEY, John. Stowe. A Description of the House and Gardens. London: J. Edwards, 1797. 4° (245 x 185mm). Engraved title, 25 engraved plates, 6 engraved plans, one folding, double-page map. (Variable light spotting.) Contemporary red morocco by Christian Kalthoeber (with his orange label), covers with double gilt fillets and inner dotted roll bordering a repeated foliate scroll, star burst devices at corners, fan-shaped inner corner-pieces built up of various tools, gilt spine with double bands outlined with thick and thin gilt fillets, lettered in one panel, the others elaborately tooled, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilded, silk marker (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: William Beckford (neat ms. note to verso of front endpaper, and printed catalogue entry on pastedown from the Hamilton Palace sale part III, Sotheby's 11 July 1883, lot 1876) -- Archibald Rosebery (book label; sold at Sotheby's 28 October 1975, lot 374).

LARGE-PAPER COPY, WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL PROVENANCE, FINELY BOUND BY KALTHOEBER. The Hamilton Palace catalogue describes it as having 'proof plates'. The views in this edition by John Seeley were entirely new. Lowndes IV 2527, stating that 150 copies were published with proof plates; RIBA 2953.
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