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Illustrations of Her Majesty's Palace at Brighton; formerly the Pavilion: executed by the command of King George the fourth, under the superintendence of John Nash . To which is prefixed a history of the palace, by . Brayley
J.B. Nichols & Son, also sold by R. Loder and James Taylor of Brighton, London 1838 - (21 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches). Wood-engraved title vignette. 31 plates and plans after A. Pugin and others (20 present in two states, giving a plate total of 51): some aquatint, some hand-coloured, some line etchings, some on india paper mounted, some mounted. Expertly bound to style in half black straight-grained morocco over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, spine with raised bands in 8 compartments, decoratively tooled in gilt A unique copy of this valuable record of one of the most extraordinary architectural achievements of the early-19th century. John Nash was largely responsible for adapting Henry Holland's Marine Pavilion at Brighton for the Prince of Wales. Nikolaus Pevsner ( The Buildings of England , Harmondsworth, 1951-74) notes that Nash "kept the shape of Holland's building entirely and only threw his fancy dress over it, and he added as outer pavilions larger rooms than any so far." During the 1820s, acting on a further commission from his Royal client, Nash asked his pupil Augustus Pugin to produce a series of drawings and from these and other drawings a series of plates were produced. These were published in a suite containing both coloured aquatints and uncoloured line etchings under the title The Royal Pavilion at Brighton . The publication methods of this lavish production were somewhat haphazard, resulting in copies of the book not conforming with the list of plates. After Nash's death in 1835, the London publishers J. B. Nichols and Son acquired the plates and were commissioned to print Edward Wedlake Brayley's Careful Survey of the Palace , which they published in 1836. In 1838 they combined Brayley's text with the uncoloured outline etchings, and published Illustrations of Her Majesty's Palace at Brighton , dedication to Queen Victoria. This second issue of the plates is arguably a new work, in that for the first time the plates and text are combined. The work was issued complete with uncoloured outline etchings and text; however, the publishers offered separately-issued coloured aquatints, finished by hand and mounted on card, "to be bound with the Work at the option of the purchaser." Besides including some of these extra, and desirable, coloured plates, this copy includes variants of the uncoloured plates. Abbey describes some, but the present copy is unusual in the large number of different uncoloured and colour-printed variants. Abbey Scenery 62; Tooley 338; Lowndes II, 1651; cf. Fischer, New Berlin Kat., 1977, vol. I (Baukunst England) 2344.; cf. Brunet IV, 14. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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