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A Series of Groups, Illustrating the Physiognomy, Manners, and Character of the People of France and Germany
John and Arthur Arch, London 1823 - "Published for the Author, by John and Arthur Arch, . . . R. Triphook, . . . and J. Major . . . ." [8], 15, [1] p., 53 leaves of plates (1 leaf with copper-engraved dedication to Lavinia Countess Spencer signed Hewitt, 52 leaves of mounted plates, numbered 1-60, drawn and engraved by G.R. Lewis); 29 cm. Contemporary half red morocco with marbled paper over boards. Six spine compartments between gilt-rules and raised bands with gilt-tooled decoration. Black morocco spine label in second compartment with gilt-tooled title "Lewis's Etchings. Red morocco label on front board with double gilt-ruled border, gilt corner rosettes, and title "Etchings of the Physiognomy, Manners, & Character, of the People of France & Germany." All page edges marbled to match boards and endpapers. Remains of a small circular label on front fixed endpaper reading "Abbey" along lower edge. The plates were issued for insertion in T.F. Dibdin's Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany (1821). Included are directions for placing the plates in Dibdin's work. Lewis made hundreds of drawings while accompanying Thomas Frognall Dibdin on his tour of France and Germany, some of which were used to illustrate Dibdin's book. A disagreement about how much Dibdin owed Lewis for the drawings developed after the tour, and the additional plates presented here were undoubtedly published by Lewis to generate some extra income from his work. In Very Good+ Condition: leather and boards are rubbed, most heavily at head of spine and corners; corner of title page lightly soiled; light foxing, primarily affecting the leaves on which the plates are mounted, rather than the plates themselves; plates are clean and crisp. [Attributes: First Edition]
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