Johannes Kip (1653-1722)
Nouveau Théâtre de la Grande Bretagne. London: J. Smith, 1724-1728. 6 volumes (including Supplement and 'Atlas Anglois'), large 2° (535 x 340mm). Titles to vols.I-V printed in red and black, title to vol.I with engraved Royal arms. 393 (of 394) engraved maps, plans and views, mounted on guards, by or after J. Kip, Leonard Knyff, Robert Atkyns, James Collins, William Emmett, Wenzel Hollar, David Lockley, David Loggan, James Simon, Henry Winstanley and others, extra-illustrated with 9 additional engraved plates. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary mottled calf, covers with gilt border, later 18th-century gilt, spines in nine compartments, laid down (some scuffing and rubbing).
A FINE SET OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS OF THE 18TH CENTURY. The set comprises:
Vols.I-II: ... Déscription éxacte des Palais du Roy et des Maisons les plus considerables des Seigneurs et des Gentilhommes du dit Royaume. London: Joseph Smith, 1724. Letterpress titles in red and black (vol.I with engraved vignette), 5 leaves of letterpress text in vol.I, 3 in vol.II. 150 engraved plates, 149 double-page, extra-illustrated with two additional engraved plates.
Vol.III: ... Déscription éxacte des Archevechez & Evechez d'Angleterre de leur Fondations, Cathédrales ... etc. London: Joseph Smith, 1724. Letterpress title in red and black, 15 leaves parallel text in French and English. Additional engraved title and 49 plates, 10 folding, 34 double-page. (Lacking the genealogical table). Includes a large folding plan of 'A New and Exact Plan of the Cities of London & Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark'.
Vol.IV: ... Déscription éxacte des Villes, Palais du Roy, et les Ports de Mer &c. London: Jospeh Smith, 1729. Letterpress title in red and black, 6 leaves letterpress text. 72 engraved plates (of 73, lacking final plate of Gicht), 12 folding, 32 double-page, extra-illustrated with five folding plates and includes large folding views of Westminster, Bristol and the City of London.
Vol.V: Supplément ... ou Déscription éxacte des Maisons les plus considerables des Seigneurs & des Gentilhommes de la Grande Bretagne avec les Plans de plusieurs Villes, Abbayes, & Eglises Cathedrales d'Ecosse. London: J.Groenewegen & N.Prevost, 1728. Title in red and black, 4 leaves letterpress text. 84 engraved plates, 3 folding, 30 double-page, extra-illustrated with 2 plates.
Vol.VI. Atlas anglois ou Déscription générale de l'Angleterre. London: Joseph Smith, 1724. Letterpress title, letterpress 'Table des Cartes'. 38 double-page maps by Schenk and Valk after Jansson and Blaeu. [Chubb lxxxi].
Johannes (John) Kip had been attached to the court of William of Orange and came to England after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Settling in Westminster he worked for various London publishers, engraving the works of local artists. This, his largest work, evolved from the Britannia Illustrata published in 1708. The plates produced for this earlier work were engraved from 'bird's-eye' drawings of Leonard Knyff (1650-1722), a fellow Dutchman who had come to London sometime after 1676. As the work expanded plates were added by Kip and other eminent artists, forming a valuable record of the houses of the landed gentry during this flourishing era of expansion. Cf.Berlin Kat 2328; Hollstein Kip 11; Lowndes II,p.1277-1278. (6)