ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). [Works]. London: R. Ackermann, 1808-1816. Comprising:
Microcosm of London. London: T. Bensley for R. Ackermann, [1808-1810, watermarked 1807-1816]. 3 volumes, wood-engraved titles, engraved dedication leaves with stipple vignettes, half-titles, 104 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Buck, Stadler and others after Thomas Rowlandson and Pugin, plates numbered. (Many plates offset, more heavily in vol. I, occasional spotting, mainly affecting titles, dedications and a few text leaves towards end of vol II.) Abbey Scenery 212; Tooley 7. Several of the Errata remain uncorrected.
A History of the University of Oxford. London: for R. Ackermann by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1814 [watermarked 1812 and 1822]. 2 volumes. Engraved portrait of Lord Grenville by H. Meyer after W. Owen, dedication, subscribers' list, 118 hand-coloured plates, including 8 half-page, comprising 69 aquatint views by Bluck, Stadler, Hill and others after Pugin, Mackenzie, Westall and others, 32 stipple and line engraved portraits of the founders of the various colleges, 17 stipple and line engraved costume plates by J. Agar after T. Uwins. (Lacking half-titles, occasional marginal spotting, many plates offset, light spotting to two portraits.) Abbey Scenery 280; Tooley 5. Plates 50 and 78 in first state.
A History of The University of Cambridge. London: L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh for Ackermann, 1815 [watermarked 1812-1823]. 2 volumes. Engraved portrait of the Duke of Gloucester, dedication, subscribers' list, 95 hand-coloured plates comprising 64 aquatint views by Stadler, Havell, Bluck and others after Pugin, Mackenzie, Westall and others, 16 stipple and line engraved portraits of the founders of the various colleges, 15 stipple and line engraved costume plates. (Lacking half-titles, 4 portrait plates and 1 view very slightly affected by mildew, many plates offset.) Abbey Scenery 80; Tooley 4.
The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free School of Christ's Hospital. London: L. Harrison for Ackermann, 1816 [watermarked 1812-1816]. Subscribers' list, 48 hand-coloured plates, comprising 44 aquatint views and 4 line engraved costume plates of scholars. (Some light spotting to title, light offsetting to majority of plates.) Tooley's third issue with the plate of Charter House from the Playground with boys and masters playing cricket, and the plate of Westminster School Room with reworked names on right wall and hats added to masters' heads. Abbey Scenery 440; Tooley 3.
Together 8 volumes, 4° (335 x 273mm). Uniform contemporary straight-grained crimson morocco tooled in gilt and blind, the covers with panels of scrolling vine leaves and stylised floral borders, Botfield arms added at centre, flat spine gilt in compartments, lettered in two, the others elaborately decorated with foliate tools, gilt edges, flyleaves watermarked 1823 (spines slightly faded, corners lightly rubbed, some minor unobtrusive scuffing, some endpapers creased). Provenance: Beriah Botfield (armorial bookplate); manuscript receipt with contemporary watermark, for the purchase of 10 Ackermann volumes, (including 2 Westminster volumes not present) loosely inserted inside last volume.
A HANDSOMELY-BOUND SET OF ACKERMANN'S PRINCIPAL WORKS, the finest exponent of coloured aquatint illustration. This set was probably acquired and bound in 1823, with some of the plates in later states. (8)