1885 Picturesque Old Bristol A Series of Fifty-Two Etchings
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Fine Binding, First Edition, Illustrated, Scarce
Originally issued in weekly parts, these two volumes comprise of all parts. With an original wrap for the proof bound to the front of both volumes.
This copy is one of the unlettered proof editions, and is numbered 121 of 125 copies.
With a frontispiece and twenty-six plates to volume I, and twenty six plates to volume II.
The first half of volume I has been trimmed down to a smaller size compared to the rear half. The size of the plate image are the same.
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.
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.
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'.
A valuable record of historic Bristol.
In uniform half calf bindings, with paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart. Spines are rubbed, with loss to the head and tail of spines which are lifting. Patches of rubbing to the paper covered boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Occasional scattered spots, heavier to the first and last few pages. The internals of this work are in a lovely condition, and the binding of this work is in need of some care.
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