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Observations On The River Wye, And Several Parts Of South Wales, &c. Relative Chiefly To Picturesque Beauty; Made In The Summer Of The Year 1770
London: printed for R. Blamire, in the Strand, M.DCC.XCII. [1792]. Early Reprint. Quarter-Bound Calf. Near Fine+. 8vo: [xvi],152,[2]pp, including final advertisement leaf and 17 full-page oval aquatints (without titles, numbers, signatures or imprints). Recent quarter calf, smooth spine in five compartments (two with central gilt tools) divided by double rules, red morocco lettering piece gilt, marbled paper-covered boards plain end papers renewed. An excellent copy, complete with 17 plates present (only 16 called for), pages clean and bright with only occasional offsetting, handsome period-style binding. Bland, History of Book Illustration, p. 247. Abbey, Scenery, 546 (calling for only 16 plates). Prideaux, p. 337. Martin Hardie, p. 120. Henrey II, p. 531. Barbier, pp. 49-51. & Third Edition (first published 1772). "[F]irst of a series of five works with similar titles, creating a new class of travel which exposed the author to the satire of Combe's 'Dr. Syntax.' The illustrations to all these books are in aquatint, over which is washed with the brush a tint of warm yellow or brown to give tone to the picture. . . " (Hardie). In June of 1770, Gilpin embarked on his first truly picturesque tour. "Sailing down the Wye proved a very different trip from [Gilpin's earlier] tame journey down the Thames: the ruined castles and mountains of Wales were indeed exciting after the flat countryside of eastern and south-eastern England. . . . here was landscape that called for description, that matched his [Gilpin's] conceptions of beauty and grandeur." (Barbier) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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