Lot 2
  • 2

Ackermann, Rudolph 

3,000 - 5,000 USD
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  • 'A History of the University of Oxford, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings'. London: R. Ackermann, 1814
  • Paper, ink, leather
2 volumes, 4to (14 5/8 x 11 3/5 in.; 365 x 290mm). Half-titles, list of subscribers, 114 hand-colored aquatint plates (including 33 of the founders), the plates mixed first and second states according to Abbey, plain engraved portrait of Lord Grenville; some offsetting, some scattered foxing to preliminary leaves. Half brown calf, printed covers taken from the parts issue, spine with raised bands in six compartments, second and fourth with red morocco labels, gilt lettered, other with gilt fleur de lis motif; rebacked, overall wear to extremities, some rubbing to boards. 


Hermann Marx (bookplate to front pastedowns) — Sotheby's London, 19 April 1948, lot 154 — Sotheby's London, 2006, 16 November, lot 113


Abbey, 'Scenery' 278; Tooley 5

Catalogue Note

"These two books [Ackermann's 'History of Oxford' and 'History of Cambridge'] are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nach, F. Mackenzie, and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequalled merit in their particular line" (Prideaux, pp. 125-6).