Life in England in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, Architecture, Drawing Books, Art Collections, Magazines, Navy and Army, Panoramas, etc. from the Library of J. R

ABBEY, J. R.
London: Curwen Press, 1953. Profusely illustrated.
First edition. Number 368 of 400 copies.
Folio, original gray cloth, red morocco spine label decorated and lettered in gilt. Fine.

There were four volumes published altogether, each one stands on its own and covers different subject areas. The volumes describe the collection of illustrated books amassed by Major J. R. Abbey, one of the first collectors of British "color-plate" books. That collection, acquired as a whole by Paul Mellon in the 1950s, includes over 2,000 volumes describing British life, customs, scenery, and travel during the period 1770-1860. The often lavish illustrations in these books are the work of Britain's finest landscape artists, including Paul Sandby, David Cox, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Prout, and the Daniell family, among others. At the same time, they form a coherent picture of local topography, architecture, and the sights encountered by British travelers on the Grand Tour in Europe and on more exotic travels to the South Seas, Africa, and India.

Price: $300.00
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