London, South Kensington
4 June 2008
WOBURN ABBEY MARBLES -- [COURBOLD, Henry (1787-1844) & John RUSSELL, Sixth Duke of Bedford (1766-1839)]. Outline Engravings and Descriptions of the Woburn Abbey Marbles. [London: Printed by William Nicol], 1822. 2°. Title with engraved vignette of a bull, 46 engraved outline plates by Canova, Chantrey, Thorvaldsen and Westmacott after Henry Courbold, on india paper, mounted (some mainly marginal spotting and staining). Finely bound in contemporary red straight-grained morocco-gilt by Charles Murton, covers with gilt borders and cornerpieces, spine gilt in compartments, wide dentelles, watered silk liners, gilt edges (some rubbing and scuffing). Provenance: Christ's Hospital (late 19th century bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, "From the Duke of Bedford." Blackmer 404: "First and only edition, privately printed in a limited edition of 180 copies"; Lowndes I, 145; Martin pp.291-5; Michaelis p.156. A copy appears in Henry G. Bohn's 1847 catalogue where it is described as "privately printed and extremely rare ... The impression was very limited, and entirely disposed of in presents." Gustav Friedrich Waagen, in his Works of Art and Artists in England (1838), confirms that copies were "only given away in private by the Duke."
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