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Ackermann, Rudolph 

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3,000 - 5,000 USD
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Description

  • 'The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature'. London: R. Ackermann, [1808-1810, watermarked 1806-1809]
  • Paper, ink, leather
3 volumes, 4to (339 x 275mm). Engraved dedication leaves, 104 hand-colored aquatint plates by Bluck, Stadler and others after Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin, watermarks 1806-09. Full red morocco, bound by Frank Lawrence Embree, covers with multiple gilt-rules, spine with raised bands in six compartments second and third gilt-lettered, others with repeat gilt floral and vine motif, all edges gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers; minor rubbing to extremities, corners slightly bumped, a few chips to morocco at joints. 

Literature

Abbey, 'Scenery' 212; Tooley 7

Catalogue Note

First edition. Many plates in the first state. An early copy of "one of the great colour-plate books... The plates by Rowlandson and Pugin present an unrivalled picture of London in the early nineteenth century, of historic value, as many of the buildings no longer exist" (Tooley). 
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