Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, &c. Relatively Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty: Made in the Summer of the Year 1770.

London: Printed by A. Strahan for T. Cadell Junior. and W. Davies, 1800. 8vo, xvi, 154, (1, ads) pp. with 17 aquatint plates. Original blue paper wrapped boards, rebacked with new label, backstrip paper cracked along upper hinge with a small chip to headcap, original label laid in. Occasional offsetting of the plates, F3-G4 with some inoffensive old staining. A very good untrimmed copy. Fifth edition. The first of Gilpin’s guides to admiring the picturesque in the landscapes of England, first published in 1782. The oval aquatints, printed without caption or imprint, were based on the author’s sketches, an apology for the choice of engraving method being included in the dedication. “He was easy game for Combe and Rowlandson with their Tours of Dr Syntax but nevertheless his books are important because they exemplify a new attitude to nature which is also to be found in Bewick’s work - an attitude which for want of a better word we call Romantic”. Bland, History of Book Illustration, p. 247. Abbey, Scenery, 546 (calling for only 16 plates). ESTC T82378. Item #107575

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