LONDON, REGENT'S PARK -- Some Account of the Proposed Improvements of the Western Part of London, By the formation of the Regent's Park, the new street, the new sewer... illustrated by plans, and accompanied by critical observations. London: printed & published by W. & P.Reynolds, sold by Mr.Lloyd, Mr.Stockdale, Mr.Mogg and Messrs.Longman & Co., 1814.
8° (223 x 138mm). Collation: π4 B-O4, a-k4 l2 (π1+2 blank, G4 a cancel, l2 blank). Three folding hand-coloured engraved maps by Neele after Peter Potter from the drawings of John White, Thomas Leverton & Thomas Chawner and John Nash, one folding engraved plate by J.Bacon after J.White. (Light spotting to plate, small repaired tear to lower blank margin of M2.) Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt BOUND FOR PRESENTATION TO THE PRINCE REGENT, covers elaborately panelled in gilt and blind, the central panel with centrally-placed Prince-of-Wales feathers tool within a scalloped oval, spine in six compartments with double raised bands, lettered in one, the others tooled in gilt and blind with massed small tools, gilt turn-ins, blue watered-silk liners and endleaves, bordered in gilt with small Prince-of-Wales feathers tool at the corners, g.e. (spine darkened and lightly scuffed, some scuffing to joints and small area on lower cover).
A RARE WORK, IN A FINE PRESENTATION BINDING, ending with an appeal to the Prince Regent. The work is by an unidentified Londoner, moved by a "love for the neighbourhood of the place of his nativity", and discusses in some detail John Nash's adopted scheme for the creation of Regent's Park, together with two earlier schemes by John White, architect to the Duke of Portland, and Messrs. Leverton and Chawner, architects in the department of Land Revenue. The writer, on balance, favours John White's scheme but the main thrust of the work is his anxiety "that so little has been before the public, or even before Parliament, of the merits of what have been called, the Improvements in the Regent's Park, that to this hour no publication has appeared upon a subject so interesting and important to the population of the metropolis."