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Lot 254
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Kip, Johannes

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5,000 - 8,000 GBP
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Description

  • Kip, Johannes
  • Britannia Illustrata or Views of several of the Queens Palaces as also the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain. London: Joseph Smith, 1709
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Folio (510 x 285mm.), engraved title with 3 lines of imprint obscured with blank paper, printed index, 80 double-page plates (and one duplicate loosely inserted), contemporary calf, title and 3 plates creased (no.2, 24* and 80), no.24* with repaired tear (but see footnote), first 2 leaves slightly soiled, binding worn, spine repaired (but worn)

Provenance

Rt. Hon. Lord Monson, Burton Library, bookplate

Literature

BAL RIBA 386

Catalogue Note

An important work depicting the cities, palaces, country houses, parks and cathedrals of England at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Britannia Illustrata was first published in 1707 and enlarged in following years. "The whole collection, with its alternating title and relatively fluid content, provided the printsellers with a vehicle for disposing of copies of topographical engravings issued over a considerable period of time by a number of publishers" (Adams, London Illustrated, p.38). The content of copies therefore tends to vary. This copy has 80 plates (79 are called for) including 24* which appears in earlier editions but which is not called for in this edition.
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