London, South Kensington
30 November 2001
THE GREAT EXHIBITION--Dickinsons' Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, from the originals painted for H. R. H. Prince Albert, by Messrs. Nash, Haghe, and Roberts, R.A., London: Dickinson Brothers, 1854.
2 volumes, 2° (580 x 423mm.), titles printed in red and black with woodcut initials, 55 chromolithographed plates, including the 2 frontispieces, by Dickinson Brothers after Joseph Nash, Louis Haghe and David Roberts, finished by hand and heightened with gum arabic (a few plates marginally spotted and dampstained, hinges weakening), contemporary red morocco gilt, spines gilt in compartments (spines with foot compartments lost, joints splitting, generally rubbed and scuffed), g.e.
A fine series of plates depicting the range and variety of the Great Exhibition. With the exception of 'The Inauguration' and the four general interior and exterior views, the plates are accompanied by explanatory text. The first volume illustrates the displays of foreign exhibitors, volume II those of British and Colonial exhibitors and specific classes of objects.
Abbey Scenery 251. (2)
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