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FIELDING, Theodore Henry (1781-1851) & J.WALTON. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, containing a description of the most romantic scenery of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire. London : William Clowes for R.Ackermann, 1821 [pre-publication watermarks].
4° (260 x 205mm). Hand-coloured aquatint title vignette and 48 plates after Fielding and Walton. (Occasional light offsetting of text onto plates.) Red morocco gilt by Bayntun, covers panelled with fillets and some fine stylised fruit and foliage tooling, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with elaborately tooled repeat pattern of stylised foliage, gilt turn-ins, orange/red watered-silk liners and endleaves, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION, A LARGE PAPER COPY, ACCORDING TO TOOLEY, IS ONE OF 100 COPIES. To summarise Ackermann's introduction, this work unites the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of the lakes, executed by able artists in a style worthy of the subject" with "a descripion of all that is interesting and remarkable in the nature and appearance of the country... combining a judicious selection from the labours of former writers... with much new and original information." Abbey Scenery 192; Tooley 219.
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