WARE, Isaac (ca.1717-1766). The Plans, Elevations, and Sections; Chimney-Pieces, and Ceilings of Houghton in Norfolk. London: Published by I.Ware, sold by P.Fourdrinier, 1735. 2°. Engraved throughout. Title, dedication, 28 plates by Ware and Fourdrinier after Ware. (Some spotting.) FIRST EDITION. Harris 911.
Thomas SMITH, of Derby (d.1767). Eight of the most extraordinary Prospects in the Mountainous parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire commonly called the Peak and the Moorlands. [N.p.: plates dated March-August 1743]. Titled beneath the image of the first plate. 8 etched or engraved double-page plates by Benoist, Vivares, Scotin and others after Smith (subjects include: Dovedale , River Manyfold at Wetton, Matlock Bath , River Wye , Castleton).
A collection of 10 other topographical views (6 double-page after Smith: one of Haddon Hall, one of Chatsworth and 4 of views on the rivers Trent and Derwent; 2 after W.Oram of Catterick Bridge on the River Swale and Knaresborough on the Nidd; 2 double-page of the Giant's Causeway after Drury).
(530 x 392mm). The collection mounted on guards. Contemporary mottled calf gilt, covers with wide decorative border of fillets and roll-tools with various motifs including birds and bees, spine in seven compartments, red morocco lettering-piece in one, the others tooled in gilt (joints split, spine rubbed and chipped at head and foot, extremities rubbed).
A fine Sammelband. The views by Smith are particularly interesting; he was self-taught but achieved a great reputation during his lifetime, and was 'one of the earliest delineators of the beauties of the English scenery' (DNB). The present selection is in fine condition with wide margins and represent a good representation from his earlier work.