LAWSON, John Parker (d. 1852). Scotland delineated in a series of Views by J.M.W. Turner, David Roberts... [etc.] London: E. Gambert and Joseph Hogarth, [1847-] 1854. 2 volumes, comprising one text volume and 2 portfolios of plates, 2° (597 x 430 mm). Half-title to vol. I only, 2 printed titles and text to first 2 vols only, as issued, and 90 FINE HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES MOUNTED ON STIFF CARD. (Occasional dampstaining to text, mainly confined to top margins, heavier in a few leaves in vol. II, variable spotting and finger-soiling, mostly marginal, heavier towards end of vol. II text, mounts to plates with occasional spotting and soiling.) Uniform contemporary dark-purple half morocco over cloth-covered boards, spine in 7 compartments with gilt raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second and fifth, yellow glazed endpapers (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, IN THE EXTREMELY RARE COLOURED STATE. The publisher Joseph Hogarth commissioned a large number of drawings of Scottish scenery from the foremost landscape artists of the day, including J.M.W. Turner, David Roberts, J.D. Harding, Joseph Nash, Horatio Macculloch, D.O. Hill, W.A. Nesfield, Sir W. Allan, Clarkson Stanfield, George Cattermore, W.L. Leitch, and Thomas Creswick. The plates are magnificent and the grandeur of the Scottish landscape seen through the eyes of such a group of artists makes this ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS OF THE 19TH CENTURY. The present work has the second issue of the text, which is complete with the exception of the titles to vols III and IV called for by Abbey Scenery 493.