London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
DANCE, George (1741-1825). A Collection of Portraits Sketched from the Life since the Year 1793 ... and engraved in imitation of Original Drawings, London: printed by William Matthew Thiselton for Longman, Hurst... and Mr. William Daniell, 1809-14. 2 volumes, 2° (c. 480 x 318mm). Half titles, 72 soft-ground etched plates by William Daniell after Dance, with accompanying letterpress on thick paper, untrimmed copy bound from parts. (Lacking first title, some light spotting.) Modern half calf and old boards. Provenance: Lowther Castle (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION of this portrait gallery of distinguished Englishmen, and a few foreign visitors, at the turn of the eighteenth century.
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