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    53 Copper-plate Engravings

    Paul Sandby, artist. The Virtuosi's Museum; Containing Select Views, in England, Scotland, and Ireland. London: G. Kearsly, 1778.

    First edition, first issue. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. 53 copperplate engraved plates after the drawings of Paul Sandby with associated text.

    Contemporary mottled calf with a gilt-stamped border. Marbled endpapers. Both boards detached with remnants of old repairs to the hinges present. Contents sound, yet slightly browned with offsetting from the plates. Ownership inscription in pencil indicates that this copy belonged to the Rector of Northchurch, Hertfordshire, England. As the book doesn't have a printed list of plates, a contemporary former owner has compiled a list of the plates in order on a 7.25" x 6" piece of paper and mounted it to the second front free endpaper. Internally very good and a perfect candidate for professional restoration.

    The wonderfully detailed plates include views of castles, abbeys, gardens, and other pastoral scenes drawn by Sandby and engraved by a variety of England's finest engravers of the period.

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