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BOYS, Thomas Shotter.

Original Views of London As It Is.

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London, Thomas Boys, 1842

Boys (1803-1874), learnt the art of lithography in Paris, at the same time as Prout and Bonnington. Along with Parrot's London from the Thames, Boys' lithographs provide the definitve record of London in the 1840's, as well as being one of the last great illustrated books on London, to compare with Malton's Picturesque Tour and Ackermann's Microcosm.

'A book of considerable importance; apart from the beauty of its plates, it records London at a period when good pictorial records were few.' (Abbey 239 note for coloured issue). Tooley calls this 'the finest of lithograph books on London'.

One of the amusements of the work is the way that Boys insinuates himself into some of the plates as an inscription on the base of the statue in plate 20, with his address on the carriage in plate 21, on a sandwich board in plate 18 with an exhortation to vote for

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First edition; folio (56 x 37.5 cm); lithographed title-page, 25 lithograph plates, lithograph dedication leaf bound in at the beginning, text leaves in French and English, foxing to dedication leaf, minor foxing to plates, title repaired at foot; original morocco backed cloth with gilt title and vignette to upper copper, gilt title to spine, skilfully rebacked.


Adams 196; Abbey Scenery 240; Tooley 104; Ray 87.

Stock ID:100126

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