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PUGIN, Augustus & ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrators).

The Microcosm of London.

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London, R. Ackermann, 1808

Early issue of this brilliantly conceived collaborative work between Pugin and Rowlandson, the former providing the architectural designs, the latter the 'artfully disposed' human figures on the plates. Newgate Chapel with 1801 watermark; other plates watermarked 1807-08. Originally issued in 26 monthly parts.

The Microcosm was the first major colour plate book published by the celebrated nineteenth century publisher, Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834). It originally appeared in monthly parts, usually by subscription, between 1808 and 1810. Each issue cost seven shillings and included four coloured plates. It later appeared in its final bound folio format of three volumes, each containing over thirty full-page hand-coloured aquatints depicting London's principal buildings in the nineteenth century.

The Microcosm was a new undertaking in that it treated Regency London pictorially, and ranged over new and ancient buildings and meeting places, capturing the mood of London at the time. Life in London during the Regency era was distinctive

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Three volumes, quarto (33.5 x 26.4 cm). Half-titles, wood-engraved titles, engraved dedications, 104 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Bluck, Stadler and others after Pugin and Rowlandson. (Light offsets and a few spots and stains to plates, offsetting to text and some light browning in earlier part, some soiling of plate margins, scattered stains to a few leaves in vol. I, I3 of vol. III creased.) Contemporary diced Russia, covers with gilt-ruled and palmette borders, marbled endpapers and edges, rebacked preserving old spines.


Abbey Scenery 212; Tooley 7; Prideaux pp121-4. Franklin 49-54; Ray 33.

Stock ID:94252

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