London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BARKER, Benjamin (1776-1838). The Fine Arts. Forty-eight aquatint colored engravings, by Theodore Fielding, from a work containing forty-eight subjects of landscape scenery, principally views in and near Bath. Bath: printed by Clark, 1824. Oblong 4° (237 x 302mm). 48 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Barker, printed on card and mounted on buff paper within ink rule, numbered letterpress captions mounted below, as published. (Very light spotting to mounts, not affecting plates.) Contemporary straight-grained green half morocco (spine worn). Provenance: Walter Trevelyan (1826 signature and armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of these handsome topographical views. The ODNB notes that this 'skilfully executed [work] ... met with much success on publication ... but thereafter Barker's career was in decline'. Tooley 76.
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