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The Beauties of Cambria
London, 1823 Consisting of Sixty Views in North and South Wales; Each accompanied by a page of letter-press. In contemporary half leather with marbled boards, worn a little, corners and edges a little worn and bumped, title and tooling in gilt to black leather label, gilt tooling to leather edges. Spine has been relaid, keeping most of the old, lots of gilt tooling, edges have a little leather loss and are worn. Internally there is a small bookseller label and a bookplate to fep, title page has an ink name & inscription to head, dedication sheet, 3 pp list of subscribers, contents page followed by the B&W plates, light foxing to plate edges, 1 plate has red ink mark to extreme edge of margin, not paginated. Hughes, painter and engraver, was born at Pwll-y-gwichiad, near Llandudno. He was the son of Thomas Hughes and his wife, Jane Williams, and was baptized at Llandudno on 20 February 1790. His earliest known example of his work is a portrait (dated 1812) of the Revd John Evans (1723–1817) of Bala, Merioneth, which was engraved in the Drysorfa (vol. 3). Between 1819 and 1822 he worked at Meddiant Farm on a volume of wood-engravings entitled Beauties of Cambria (1823) which was published by subscription and which became his best-known work. All the views were engraved by himself, fifty-eight from his own drawings. His engraving style has been compared to that of Thomas Bewick. His treatment of natural objects was realistic, minute, and laborious, and his foliage always graceful. Four of these ‘singularly beautiful wood engravings’ are reproduced in Chatto (Chatto, 538–40). See ODNB for a full Bio.
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