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DANIELL, William; AYTON, Richard.

A voyage round Great Britain,

undertaken in the Summer of the Year 1813, and Commencing from Land's-End, Cornwall [...] with a Series of Views, Illustrative of the Character and Prominent Features of the Coast, drawn and engraved by William Daniell.

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London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, [and Green, ] for William Daniell, 1814

A magnificent complete set of the deluxe issue of 'the most important colour plate book on British topography' (Tooley).

The work was issued with the plates on paper at £60, or on card, as here, at 96 guineas. Tooley states only 25 such sets were produced.

Voyage around Great Britain was one of the most ambitious and lavishly realised topographical undertakings of the early 19th century. The series of eight volumes of aquatints accompanied by extensive texts was published between 1814 and 1825.

Daniell and Ayton began their journey around the country in 1813, but the partnership survived only the first two volumes. Ayton was more concerned with social observation than topographical record and his writing often bears little relevance to Daniell's landscapes. After they parted company Daniell provided the text as well as the pictures.



First edition. 8 volumes bound in 4, 4to, with an aquatint dedication and 308 hand-coloured aquatint plates by and after Daniell bound at rear of volumes, the deluxe issue with all the plates mounted on card, with the frequently missing large folding engraved index map (strengthened to verso), occasional spotting (chiefly marginal), a few plates a little toned, some offsetting from plates to next plate versos, contemporary green half morocco gilt, bound as usual without the uncoloured engraved plate of Kemaes Head Pembrokeshire, an excellent set.


Abbey, 16; Sutton, 28; Tooley, 177; Upcott, p.xxxv.

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