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

By Rev. F. O. Morris

c1880

William Mackenzie : London

11" by 8.5"

[7], vi, [1], vi, [1], 2-90; [7], iv, [1], 2-80; [7], iv, [1], 2-80; [7], iv, [1], 2-82pp

 

 

 

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A beautifully and colourfully illustrated set looking at the houses in Great Britain and Ireland, written by F. O. Morris, and illustrated in colour throughout by Alexander Francis Lydon.

Incomplete in four volumes, being volumes I, II, III, and IV, of a total of six volumes. A beautifully illustrated work describing the notable country houses in Great Britain and Ireland, all of which were owned by noblemen and gentlemen. Some of the houses described in the work are Hampton Court, Longleat House, Dromoland, Galloway House, Appleby Castle, Kirtling Tower, Barons Court, Shelton Abbey, and more. Volume I with a colour frontispiece, colour vignette title, and thirty eight colour plates. Volume II with a colour frontispiece, colour vignette title, and thirty eight colour plates. Volume III with a colour frontispiece, colour vignette title, and thirty eight colour plates. Volume IV with a colour frontispiece, colour vignette title, and thirty eight colour plates. Written by Francis Orpen Morris. Morris was an Irish clergyman. He wrote many children's books, and books on natural history and heritage buildings. Illustrated by Alexander Francis Lydon, a British watercolour artist who was known for his paintings of natural history and landscapes. He and Morris collaborated on a large number of works. With the bookplate of Roy and Nina Merley to the front pastedowns. The Merleys owned Plaish Hall, Shropshire. This is a stunning Grade I Tudor house, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The home once belonged to Judge William Leighton, who was an amateur poet and sixteenth century composer. The house, as it stands now, was built in two stages for Leighton, who was presiding over a trial of prisoners whilst the home was being completed. Roy and Nina Merley owned the house for thirty-five years and were responsible for reinstating the Tudor style gardens and renovating the house to its former glory. Their bookplate has an image of the house in the background, with a blackbrid eating a worm in the foreground. Collated from Copac from a copy held at the British Library, complete. Undated, dated from Copac from a copy held at the British Library.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, generally smart. Some light loss and bumping to the head and tail of the spines, and some bumping to the extremities. A little discolouration to the spines. Light marks to the boards. Front hinge of Volume I is strained, and the rear hinge is starting but firm. Hinges of Volumes II and III are starting but firm. Front hinge of Volume IV is strained, and the rear hinge is weak. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with some scattered spotting.

Overall Condition: Good

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