London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
ASPIN, Jehoshapat. The Naval and Military Exploits which have distinguished the Reign of George the Third. London: Samuel Leigh, 1820. 12° (149 x 93mm). Hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece and 35 circular plates, publisher's advertisment bound-in at end. (Small hole repaired in outer margin of plate 'Pampeluna', light spotting and a little offsetting from plates.) Red morocco by Zaehnsdorf, single fillet border on sides, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, inner dentelles, top edges gilt, others uncut.
FIRST EDITION, INCLUDES THE TWO EXTRA PLATES, 'Vittoria' and 'Pampeluna'. They were probably issued later as an added attraction for a book that remained in print for several years. The 33 circular plates measure only 2½in. in diameter; Prideaux calls their execution 'tiny and beautiful'. Abbey Life 350; Tooley 70.
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