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EIGHTY PICTURESQUE VIEWS ON THE THAMES AND MEDWAY
[London]: Published by Tombleson & Comp, 1830. Hardcover. Tombleson's "Thames," with thePanoramic Map in Fine, Fresh Condition. 283 x 222 mm (11 1/8 x 8 3/4"). 2 p.l, iv, 84 pp. Contemporary moss green moiré cloth by Cleaver (binder's ticket on front pastedown), flat spine, original brown morocco label. With engraved dedication, engraved title with vignette, a folding panoramic map (frequently missing) and 79 STEEL ENGRAVINGS of scenes along England's most important river, all within delicate decorative frames. Adams "London Illustrated" 178; Cohen "The Thames, 1580-1980: A General Bibliography" 184. Corners and head of spine a little bumped, rear joint starting at head, label chipped at lower edge, two small water spots to front board, persistent minor foxing to plates, as usual (noticeable on four of them, but never offensive), otherwise an excellent, fresh copy, with strong plate-marks, ample margins, and a sound binding (the map without the usual extra creases and entirely smooth and clean). The collection of beautifully engraved views takes us on a trip down the legendary river, where we can admires stately homes, castles, colleges, bridges, locks, towns, and pleasant pastures. Cohen, in his "Thames General Bibliography" says it "may be fairly considered the only and most complete work of this important river."The multi-talented William Tombleson (1795-ca. 1846) served not only as publisher but as engraver and original artist on all but four of the plates here. The text by William Gray Fearnside provides description and historical information on the various spots featured. The panoramic map, which was also issued separately, allows the reader to locate the site of a particular scene. Tombleson produced mostly architectural and topographical prints, and published another series of "Views on the Rhines," also with text by Fearnside.
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