3 June 2009
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 in one, 2° (422 x 311mm). 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. (A little offsetting to plates, some spotting of text, occasional light creasing and marginal soiling.) Contemporary diced russia gilt, gilt edges (rebacked, preserving old spine, lower corners bumped). Provenance: Chalfont House (bookplate) -- William Henry Smith (1825-1891, bookplate).
AN ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST ISSUE with double titles and the impressions within aquatint borders. Abbey Scenery 432; Tooley 102.
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