One of the Most Beautiful English Color-Plate Books

    W[illiam] H[enry] Pyne. The History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore. Illustrated by one hundred highly finished and coloured engravings, fac-similes of original drawings by the most eminent artists. In three volumes. London: Printed for A. Dry..., 1819.

    First edition. Eight parts in three large quarto volumes (approximately 13 x 10.75 inches). [4], ii, [2], 188, [2], 21, [1, blank]; [6], 88, [2], 28, [2], 88; [6], 80, [2], 92, 13 pages. One hundred hand-colored aquatint plates, including fifty-nine plates after C. Wild, twenty-five after J. Stephanoff, nine after R. Cattermole, six after W. Westall, and one after G. Samuel, of which thirty-six are engraved by T. Sutherland, twenty-three by W.J. Bennett, twenty-eight by R. Reeve, eleven by D. Havell, and two by J. Bailey. Uncolored engraved tail-piece in Volume I. Text watermarked 1817.

    Bound in contemporary full straight-grain morocco, covers double-ruled in gilt with decorative borders with flowers, thistles, harps, knights helmets, and beehives, gilt central stamp of a cathedral-like design, with additional wavy rules in blind, spines elaborately tooled in gilt, with gilt lettering in compartments, four raised, wide bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. Bindings a bit worn at joints, some of which are a bit tender, front hinges and one rear hinge are starting. Plates used as frontispieces in Volumes I and II are loose, yet present. Still very good.

    One of Ackermann's most important collaborators, William Henry Pyne (1769-1843) "became connected with Ackermann about 1803, and came by degrees to occupy himself more with writing than painting, providing the text or part of it for many of Ackermann's publications. It is not perhaps surprising that, being himself designer, painter, engraver and author, he should become enamoured of book production. His great effort in this direction was the large and costly work entitled The History of the Royal Residences...undoubtedly a very sumptuous book for which author, artist, engraver and publisher alike did their best" (Prideaux).

    Abbey, Scenery, 396. Adams, London Illustrated, 132. Prideaux, pp. 142-143. Tooley 389.

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