COMBE, William

A History of Madeira,

£2,750

A History of Madeira,
with a series of twenty-seven coloured engravings, illustrative of the costumes, manners, and occupations of the inhabitants of that island.
Ackermann, London, 1821

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An attractive work looking at all sections of society in Madeira and showing their occupations and costumes. Includes information on the wine trade.

William Combe (25 March 1742 – 19 June 1823) provided many texts for Ackermann’s colour plate books.

“Vinte e seis das gravuras são deliciosas charges, e a última, já sem feição caricatural, representa a fortaleza do Ilhéu, o celebrado Loo Fort dos ingleses. O frontispício da obra tem uma vinheta que mostra uma vista do Funchal. O Sr. Alberto de Sousa, na sua já citada obra «Historia do Trajo Popular em Portugal» inclui vinte destas estampas, assim como duas da colecção Macphail, vilão e viloa, aquele muito no estilo de William Combe.” (Cabral do Nascimento, Estampas Antigas da Madeira, 65).

A lovely example, uncut in a full red morocco binding.

Description

First edition. Small folio (28 x 20 cm. approx.), handcoloured aquatint vignette to title, 27 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Rowlandson, modern red morocco gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, a handsome copy.

Bibliography

Abbey Travel 189; Colas 1455; Lipperheide 1581; Tooley (1954) 150.

 

Stock ID: 94350