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A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland

By Francis Orpen Morris

c1880 - London, Edinburgh and Dublin - William MacKenzie

11" by 9", 80; 82pp.

 

 

 

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A beautifully illustrated set of works depicting picturesque views and stately homes around Great Britain and Ireland.

Featuring forty coloured plates and vignette title page with illuminated titling to both volumes. These attractive plates were drawn by Alexander Francis Lydon and printed from coloured woodblocks by the Baxter process by Benjamin Fawcett of Driffield, Yorkshire. The plates are noted for their precise printing and rich colouring and Fawcett printed each plate in an average of eight colours. Friedman in 'Color printing in England, 1486-1870' remarks that Fawcett's ink tones are so "subtle and transparent that they have the appearance of watercolour and that his transparent colours were especially suited to Lydon's crisply-drawn renderings of immaculately tidy grounds bathed in sunlight and with gardens abloom."

With descriptive and historical letterpress.

From the author of "A History of British Birds"

Volume three and four of the original six.

CONDITION

Both volumes are in their original crushed morocco bindings with gilt motifs to the front boards. Externally, rubbing to both volumes and slight wear to the extremities. Both backstrips are slightly lifting. One front board is held by the cords only, and the other front board is detached but present. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound and bright, but with instances of foxing. Copperplate ink inscription to the front free endpaper of both volumes. Overall: GOOD.


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