ACKERMANN -- The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St.Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ's Hospital. London: L. Harrison for R. Ackermann, 1816 [watermarked 1812]. 4° (342 x 285mm). 48 hand-coloured plates, mostly aquatints, by Havell, Stadler, Black and others after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin and others. (Some offsetting mainly from the plates onto the text, one plate detached but present, occasional spotting in the text.) Contemporary blue-black morocco, the spine lettered in gilt, the sides with a wide border tooled in gilt and blind, marbled edges (the surface slightly tacky, extremities lightly rubbed, light scuffing on the lower board). Provenance: William Peters (armorial bookplate) -- John G. Murray (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, in contemporary morocco. An attractive example with the following issue points: plate 6, 'Winchester College, from the Meadow', in first state dated January 1815; Plate 23, 'Westminster School Room', in first state showing the masters without caps; Plate 26, 'Charter House from the Play Ground', in first issue second state showing the washerwomen with the caption corrected by an overslip. Abbey Scenery 438; Tooley 3.