By John Taylor
Bristol   Frost and Reed
19" by 14"
A beautifully bound, two volume set of this finely illustrated, very scarce work on historic Bristol.
By John Taylor

1885 Picturesque Old Bristol A Series of Fifty-Two Etchings

Bristol   Frost and Reed
19" by 14"
A beautifully bound, two volume set of this finely illustrated, very scarce work on historic Bristol.
£4,950.00
: 10kgs / : 674L6

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Description

Fine Binding, First Edition, Illustrated

Charles Bird was a printmaker. He was a Mezzotint engraver and etcher whose specialty was architectural and sporting paintings. One of his most noted illustrations is a Victorian cricket match at Clifton College. The British Museum notes that on the 1881 census there was a 25 year old Charles Bird with the occupation of a Lithographic artist who was born in Bristol lodging in City Road which may be him. Illustrated, with fifty three plates total including the unnumbered frontispiece. Loosely inserted is an advertisement for this work from the Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror in 1938. A copy of this work was advertised at Bristol's Central Reference Library. To this article it notes that Bird infuses these etchings with a vivifying imagination. 'He restrained them from violating any probabilities by his strong feeling for the past, so it is not surprising that some of them represent not so much what may be seen as what might have been seen'. Pasted to the front pastedown is an invoice for the individual parts of this work dated 1889. With Half-titles to both volumes. There are illustrations of old houses in King Street, on the City Wall, The Three Kings inn, the Jolly Sailor, St Peter's Hospital, Colston's School, the tower of St Stephen, the crypt of St Nicholas as well as St Mary Redcliffe. Limitation note to the verso of title page to volume I 'This issue of this Artist Proof Edition is limited to Twenty-five numbered copies printed on paper, each Etching is signed by the author.' With accompanying text by John Taylor, an author and librarian from Bristol. Taylor was a regular contributor to the 'Bristol Times' and was librarian of the Museum Reference Library. Other works he has written include 'Tintern Abbey and its Founders', 'Guide to Clifton and its Neighbourhood', 'Bristol and Clifton Old and New'. This is the Artist Proof Edition, number 6 of 25 copies printed on large paper. Each etching is signed by the artist. Of this work there were also 125 unlettered proof copies on smaller paper, and 240 sets of etchings without letterpress; the publisher's notice to the rear of the second volume notes that many of the latter were sent to the colonies. A valuable record of historic Bristol, bound in a beautiful Zaehnsdorf binding.

Condition

In the original Zaehnsdorf binding. Rebacked, with the original boards and spine preserved. Slight wear to the raised bands. Externally, very smart with minor shelf wear to the extremities. Minor bump to the head of front board to volume I. Light mark to the front board of volume II. To front pastedown of volume I is an invoice dated 1889 for this work. Bookplate to the front endpapers, R G Pittard. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright. Minor offsetting to occasional pages from plates. The occasional light spots to pages.

Near Fine

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