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A series of etchings chiefly of views in Scotland. By John Clerk of Eldin, Esq. MDCCLXXIII - MDCCLXXIX. With additional etchings and facsimiles from his drawings.
Edinburgh: Printed for the Bannatyne Club, 1855. - FIRST COMPLETE COLLECTED EDITION. Folio. 505 X 320mm., frontis. portrait of Clerk on India-paper, (some spotting and offset to title), litho. plate of unfinished etchings, mezzotint portrait of Lord Eldin (the artist's son), 42 plates of etchings (20 being full-page, the rest with between 2 and 5 views to a plate), 13 tinted litho. plates (10 full-page and 3 with 2 views to a plate), all with tissue guards, orig. quarter dark red skiver morocco, cloth sides, paper label on upper cover, some foxing to e.p.'s, contents fresh and bright, spine scraped and chafed and chipped at top and base, cloth sides dull and rubbed and unevenly faded. [One of about 120 copies printed. In 1825, the Bannatyne Club printed a suite of 28 etchings, then all that was known to exist of the eighty or ninety thought to have been executed, presented to the Club as the contribution of Lord Eldin, the brilliant and eccentric advocate and eldest son of the artist. Some months later, Lord Eldin discovered a considerable number of small copperplates, which were finally purchased by the Club in 1848. All were incorporated into this greatly enlarged collection, which also includes 16 lithographic reproductions of drawings and sketches which had never been engraved. The edition also contains 10 pages of biographical notices, and 14 pages describing the views. Clerk of Eldin was one of the pioneers of etching in Scotland, attaining an extraordinary technical proficiency, particularly in the series of small plates, some of them hardly bigger than a visiting card. But he also did medium-sized and and indeed quite large plates, and his views of Craigmillar Castle, The Hill of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh from Lochend, Picardy near Edinburgh, etc. amply demonstrate that he could work on a large scale. E.S. Lumsden (Print Collector's Quarterly, vol. xii) asserts that Clerk was influenced by foreign engravers, and certainly some of his plates show a measure of kinship to Hollar's work. "Some of his finest plates entitle him to a definite and permanent place among the etchers who count."]. [Terry 98]. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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