18 May 2012
PYNE, William Henry (1769-1843). The History of the Royal Residences. London: L. Harrison for A. Dry, 1819.
3 volumes, large 4o (357 x 288 mm). 7 half titles, 100 hand-colored aquatint plates by T. Sutherland, R. Reeve, W.J. Bennett, D. Havell and J. Baily after C. Wild, J. Stephanoff, R. Cattermole, W. Westall and G. Samuel. (Scant spotting, plate 28 with a small marginal tear with loss.) Modern red morocco, pages untrimmed and a few unopened; slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, with pre-publication watermarks. This most ambitious aquatint book illustrates the royal palaces and houses in great detail. Volume I is a valuable record of the state rooms of Windsor Castle and the domestic scenes of Frogmore; Volume II is devoted to the state rooms of Hampton Court, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Place; Volume III illustrates St. James's Palace and Carlton House. Abbey Scenery 396; Tooley 389. (3)
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