DANIELL, William; AYTON, Richard.

A voyage round Great Britain,


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.
London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, [and Green,] for William Daniell, 1814[–1825].

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A complete set of ‘the most important colour plate book on British topography’ (Tooley).

William Daniell and Richard Ayton’s ‘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 (37cm), folio in 4s, with an aquatint dedication and 308 hand-coloured aquatint plates by and after Daniell bound at rear of volumes (most with tissue guards), large folding engraved index map at rear of vol. I, with 3 notes to subscribers (dated 1821, 1822, and 1825) and a publisher’s advertisement loosely inserted, vol. I pp. 123-126 printed on card; spotting in places, a few plates a little toned, short tears to map (some repaired), guards creased and most replaced or absent; contemporary polished calf by Staggemeier (binder’s ticket to vol. I upper pastedown), boards roll-tooled in gilt and blind, spines gilt in compartments, lettered directly in gilt, board-edges and dentelles roll-tooled in gilt, French end-bands, edges gilt [– vols IV-VIII edges marbled], brown endpapers [– vols IV-VIII marbled endpapers]; several joints skilfully repaired, vol. VII rebacked preserving spine by George Reed of Penrith, resewn with modern single end-bands, endpapers replaced, guards removed (binder’s ticket to upper pastedown); rubbed and lightly bumped at extremities, a few scuffs and scratches (particularly to vols I and III), upper board of vol. V a little sunned, a few stains to lower board of vol. VI, list of plates to vol. II only, plate 25 vol. I bound in vol. II, plates 28, 30, & 31, vol. II bound in vol. I., a few minor variations from Tooley in plate order ( more so vol. VII), nonetheless a very good set.

Provenance: R. Stephenson (erased early pencil ownership inscription to vol. VI); Cowper, Carleton Hall (19th-century printed book-labels to front free endpapers of all volumes).


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


Stock ID: 97567