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ACKERMANN, Rudolph; COMBE, William; PUGIN, Augustus; ROWLANDSON, Thomas
Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature, The
London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1808. With Nine (Possibly Ten) of Abbey's Twelve Key Plates in Their First "Luminous" State [ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature]. London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, [1808-1810]. First edition, early issue, with nine (possibly ten) of Abbey's twelve key plates in their first state. Text watermarked 1806-1807 and plates watermarked 1805-1808, and with the errata uncorrected, except for that reading "coustom" for "custom" on p. 218 of Volume I (see Abbey, Scenery, p. 138). Three large quarto volumes (12 7/8 x 10 11/16 inches; 327 x 271 mm.). iv, 1, contents], [1, blank], [3]-231, [1, blank]; [iii]-vi, [1, contents], [1, blank], 239, [1, blank]; [iii]-iv, [1, contents], [1, publisher's note], 280, [6, index and errata] pp. Half-titles. present. Woodcut title and engraved dedication leaf in each volume. With 104 hand-colored aquatint plates, including fifty-four by J. Bluck, twenty-nine by J.C. Stadler, ten by T. Sutherland, ten by J. Hill, and one by Harraden, after Rowlandson and Pugin. First state of Abbey's key plates 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with plate 8 uncertain as noted by Abbey. Contemporary full tree calf. Gilt-tooled borders. Spines neatly rebacked to period style. Five compartments with crimson and green morocco labels and gilt ornaments. Four gilt-tooled raised bands. Some offsetting to opposing leaves. An extraordinary copy of a book scarcely seen with all half-titles and nine (possibly ten) of the twelve key plates in first state. "The [book's] striking feature is not so muc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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