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The Microcosm of London
London: T. Bensley, [1808–10] - 3 volumes, quarto (332 × 265 mm). Contemporary brown calf rebacked, spines gilt in compartments, green and red morocco labels, floral roll and cornerpieces to boards gilt, marbled endpapers. Bindings rubbed and scuffed, wear to corners, contents lightly tanned, offsetting from plates, small rectangular piece cut from front blank of volume I. A very good set. Engraved title and dedication page to each volume, 104 hand-coloured plates. First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. The plates are from drawings by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) and Augustus Pugin (1762–1832). Pugin supplied the architectural drawings, which have an accuracy and serene beauty that contrasts nicely with Rowlandson's images of Londoners engaged in their everyday life. The excellence of the work is completed by the text, which forms an admirable adjunct to the plates, with vol. I and II by William Henry Pyne (1769–1843) and vol. III by William Combe (1741–1823). Abbey, Scenery, 212; Prideaux p.121; Tooley 7 and 19. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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