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A History of the University of Oxford,

its colleges, halls, and public buildings.

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London, R. Ackermann, 1814

One of fifty large paper copies of the finest colour-plate book on Oxford.

Among the most celebrated of the topographical illustrations with which Ackermann followed his Microcosm of London, was a trilogy of works on the English universities and public schools. Oxford was the first of these.

The text of Ackermann's books was provided by William Combe (1741-1823). After a youth largely spent squandering his father's fortune, Combe had embarked upon a career as a writer in 1770's. More or less confined to a debtor's prison in the early 1800's, Combe had effectively become Ackermann's house writer after authoring the final volume of the Microcosm, and produced a steady flow of verse and prose for Ackermann including the text for the popular Dr. Syntax books.

Ackermann's books were issued in relatively small editions of around 1000 copies, but the production of such fully illustrated works called for an extensive network of artists and

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First edition. 2 volumes, elephant quarto, large paper copy (42 x 34 cm.), portrait engraving of Lord Grenville on india paper (foxed) and 114 hand-coloured plates comprising 81 finely hand-coloured views of the colleges, etc. (64 aquatints and 17 line engravings), together with 33 hand-coloured line and stipple plates of the founders; plates and text watermarked J. Whatman, 1811; contemporary half calf, marbled sides, rebacked.....MAY PRESERVE ORIGINAL SPINE (AR) and recornered to match, a fine clean copy.


Abbey Scenery 278; Tooley pp13-18; Prideaux p331; Martin-Hardie pp104-6.

Stock ID:103340

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