3 December 2010
[EDWARDS OF HALIFAX, bindery]. -- IRELAND, Samuel (d. 1800). A Picturesque Tour through Holland, Brabant, and Part of France. London: for T. & I. Egerton, 1790.
2 volumes, 8o (234 x 150 mm). 2 engraved titles and 44 engraved aquatint plates (intermittent spotting). Contemporary vellum, covers with Greek key roll border on a blue wash background enclosing a pink wash border and a gilt floral roll border, smooth spines gilt-lettered on a blue wash background and gilt-stamped with various small tools, gilt edges concealing fore-edge paintings of A DUTCH FLOWER MARKET and A RIVER SCENE (minor loss of blue wash); modern half morocco slipcases. Provenance: Daniel Beaumont (bookplate; signature in ink dated "October 1790"); Estelle Doheny (bookplate; her sale Christie's New York, 17 October 1988, lot 1316).
FIRST EDITION. Carl Weber remarks: "One of the characteristics of James Edwards which T. F. Dibdin praised was the fact that he always had 'a nice feeling and acurate perception of what was tasteful.' For a Tour Through Holland, what could me more tasteful than a colorful view of a Dutch flower market?" Abbey Travel 184; Weber I, pp. 52, 53, 139; Weber II, p. 38. (2)
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