11 - 13 July 2000
ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). A History of The University of Cambridge. London: L. Harrison and J. C. Leigh for Ackermann, 1815 [pre-publication watermarks].
2 volumes, 4° (355 x 293mm). Half-titles, 4pp. subscribers' list. Engraved portrait of the Duke of Gloucester and 95 hand-coloured plates comprising 64 aquatint views by Stadler, Havell, Bluck and others after Pugin, Mackenzie, Westall and others, 15 hand-coloured stipple and line engraved costume plates and 16 hand-coloured stipple and line engraved portraits of the founders of the various colleges. (Light spotting to the half titles and last few leaves of text in both volumes.) 20th-century light blue half morocco gilt, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with double fillet borders enclosing a large centrally-placed arabesque tool, top edge gilt the others uncut (very slight scuffing and discolouration).
A fine large set, Abbey Scenery 80; Tooley 4. (2)
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