ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics. London: Ackermann, 1809-1828.
40 volumes, 8° (234 x 142mm). Engraved titles, 1487 plates only (of 1491), some folding, including hand-coloured aquatints, fashion-plates, furniture designs, allegorical woodcut plates with mounted silk, cotton and lace fabric samples, uncoloured or colour-printed plates of designs for bank-notes and playing-cards, portraits, etc. (Lacking 4 of the unlisted plates called for by Abbey: nos. 40, 41, 1000 and 1133, vol.XIV lacking the general index to the 1st series and the supplemental pp.373-479, many plates shaved, generally just touching the image area, a few cloth samples lacking, occasional browning.) 20th-century blue calf gilt, calf labels to the spines, gilt edges, by Bayntun (Riviere).
A RARE SET INCLUDING ALL THREE SERIES: series 1 vols.I-XIV; series 2 vols.I-XIV; series 3 vols.I-XII. The 481 costume plates run throughout all three series forming a beautiful and valuable record of the costume of the period. Other series were later reprinted as separate works: Papworth Select Views of London (1815); Papworth Rural Residences (1818); Schoberl Picturesque tour from Geneva to Milan (1820); Combe Journal of sentimental travels in the southern provinces of France (1821) and Ackermann's Views of Country Seats (1830). Abbey Life 212; Colas 2541; Tooley 8; sold as a periodical not subject to return. (40)