A classic collection of Thames views.
This book, along with Ireland’s views and Boydell’s work, helped establish a canon of most-favoured views of the Thames from the source to the sea:
‘The colouring is less subdued than Boydell’s, and there are more un-aquatinted spaces where the interpretation has been left to the colour-washing artist. This gives the plates a greater resemblance to spontaneous water-colour drawings but leads inevitably to a greater disparity between individual copies.’ (Abbey)
First edition. 4to. Folding map, 24 fine hand-coloured plates and 2 hand-coloured vignettes; usual light offsetting to plates. Later red half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut.
Abbey Scenery, 435; Adams, London Illustrated 157; Tooley p265.
Stock ID: 84127