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Theatrum ScotiÃ¦: containing the prospects - John Slezer - 1874. 
Edinburgh and London: William Paterson, Edinburgh and Henry Sotheran & Co, London, 1874 Theatrum ScotiÃ¦: containing the prospects of his Majesties Castles and Palaces: together with those of the most considerable towns and colleges; the ruins of many ancient abbeys, churches, monasteries and convents within the said kingdom. All . engraven on copper-plates. With a description of each place.------------ By John Slezer --------------- Published by William Paterson, Edinburgh and Henry Sotheran & Co, London, 1874. This edition limited to 250 copies. Large book measuring 20.5 x 14 inches. Elephant Folio. Quarter Leather. xv + 136pp + 68 listed engraved plates, tipped on colour coats of arms at the headings of chapters. Two title pages, one for the present publisher and another showing a copy of the original title page for the 1693 edition printed by John Leake. ---------------- The binding is a bit worn and there is a substantial nibble at the front board's fore-edge. leather spine is scuffed and worn but the hinges are secure with no cracking, both boards are attached although inner joints are cracked through the endpapers, bookplate to inside board and a newspaper cutting to front endpaper, all contents present including all 68 plates that are listed at the beginning of the book. The large folding plate showing a view of Edinburgh has a closed tear about 5 inches long but is otherwise good - all other plates in good clean condition as are the pages of text. Overall a good copy in worn binding. ---------------------------- John Slezer's 'Theatrum Scotiae' is an important record of Scottish towns, castles and palaces in the 17th century. For most of these places, it contains some of the earliest views that survive. - - - - Together with historical maps and geographical descriptions, the book provides key evidence of the built landscape of the period. Details in the images, the choice of locations, and themes in the texts also give us a valuable insight into Scottish nobility and genteel society at that time. - - - - In all there were seven editions of 'Theatrum Scotiae'. The original edition of 1693 had 57 numbered plates. In the following six editions, some of the original plates were not used, while new plates were added to form different numbered sequences. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Quarter Leather. Good.
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