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ATKINSON, John Augustus.

A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians, in One Hundred Coloured Plates.

Stock Code
103377
London, Bulmer, 1803
£18,500

A superb example of this work, attractively bound in red morocco.

These plates [...] show the spontaneity and spirit possible when the artist is his own engraver. [...] The colouring is skilfully done, in soft washes' (Abbey). Many subjects are here dealt with for the first, and often only, time in a European publication.

This is the second of Atkinson's works to be published after his return from St. Petersburg. He accompanied his uncle James Walker there when the latter had been appointed engraver to the Empress Catherine and had returned in 1801 after 18 years spent in Russia. Dedicated to Alexander I, whose portrait is in frontispiece.

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Description

First edition, 3 volumes bound in one; folio (45 x 31.5 cm); half-titles, engraved frontispiece, 100 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Atkinson, text in English and French, slight offsetting from plates, occasional light scattered spotting, small repaired tear to margin of plate index in vol. III and few other small marginal repairs; near contemporary red morocco, gilt borders to boards, spine in 8 parts, labels renewed, elaborate gilt floral decoration, an excellent copy.

Bibliography

Abbey Travel 223; Lipperheide Kaa 21; Colas 171; Tooley 72.

Stock ID:103377

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