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    Robson's Scenery of the Grampian Mountains

    [Soft Ground Etchings]. [Scotland]. George Fennell Robson. Scenery of the Grampian Mountains; Illustrated by Forty-One Plates... London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819. Title-page from 1819 second edition, but with the soft-ground uncolored etched plates from the 1814 first (plates have no numbers or captions, indicative of the 1814 first edition, as per Abbey). Large folio. Approximately 20.75 x 13.75 inches. [90] pages. With uncolored fold-out map and duplicate hand-colored (second edition, colored issue) fold-out map both present, and forty-one uncolored etched plates. Several hand-colored plates loosely inserted, all from the second edition of 1819 (plates 1, 10, 16, 24, 25, 27, 29, 36 and 38). Text leaves have offsetting which appear to be from hand-colored plates, so it is likely that the text is also from the 1819 second edition. Bound in near contemporary marbled boards with vellum tips. Rebacked to style in modern brown calf, spine ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, six raised bands, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Some rubbing to binding, boards restored, contemporary armorial bookplate of William Harrison. Text leaf describing plate XV (Ben Vorlich) has a 3.5 inch straight neat cut near text. Several loose plates are slightly smaller in size than the rest, some are toned and foxed, most have edgewear or short marginal tears. One gutter cracked. A fair, apparently made-up copy.
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    "Robson first published his wonderful views of the Scottish highlands in the work at hand published in 1814 with forty soft-ground etched plates. It was reissued in 1819 with hand-coloured aquatints. George Fennell Robson, 1788-1833, watercolour painter, was one of the twenty-three children of John Robson (1739-1824) by his second wife, Charlotte, was born at Durham in 1788. He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1807, and published in 1808 a print of Durham, the profits of which enabled him to visit Scotland, where he wandered over the mountains, dressed as a shepherd, with Scott's 'Lay of the Last Minstrel' in his pocket. In 1810 he began to exhibit landscapes in the Bond Street gallery of the Associated Painters, of which short-lived society he was a member. The fruits of his journey north, which inspired him with the beauty of mountain scenery, were first shown at the exhibition of 1811, to which, and to that of the following year, he sent drawings of the Trossachs and Loch Katrine. In 1813 he began to exhibit with the Society of Painters in Oil and Watercolours, and in 1814 published 'Scenery of the Grampians,' which contained forty outlines of mountain landscape, etched on soft ground by Henry Morton after his drawings." (DNB).

    Abbey, Scenery, 504, 506. Prideaux, p. 350.

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    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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