DANIELL, William (1769-1837) and Richard AYTON (1786-1823). A Voyage Round Great Britain, undertaken in the summer of the year 1813, and commencing from the Land's-End, Cornwall. With a series of views illustrative of the character and prominent features of the coast. London: T. Davison for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown and William Daniell, 1814-1825.
8 volumes in four, 4° (347 x 257mm). Aquatint dedication (slightly spotted) and 308 hand-coloured aquatint plates on thin card, within grey wash borders, by and after William Daniell. (Lacking uncoloured plate of Kemaes Head, some neatly repaired tears to final four plates in vol.VIII, final plate with some surface damage to border). Dark-blue morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with central lozenge shaped tool within borders including triple fillet rolls, gilt edges.
A FINELY BOUND SET OF "THE MOST IMPORTANT COLOUR PLATE BOOK ON BRITISH TOPOGRAPHY" (Tooley). Tooley states that only twenty-five copies were published with the plates mounted on card, at 96 guineas, but as Abbey points out, "this is probably an underestimate". The work was originally issued in parts costing 10s.6d. each, and an index chart was also published at 6s., but "is not usually included, the work being complete without it" (Tooley). The Voyage was originally planned by Daniell, who asked Ayton to contribute the descriptions. However, the partnership lasted only for the first two volumes, after which the two disagreed on plans for future volumes and Ayton turned to writing and adapting comedies for the English Opera House instead. The text for the first two volumes of the Voyage is noticeably longer than that accompanying the succeeding volumes. Abbey Scenery 16; Tooley 177. (4)