A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany. Thomas Frognall Dibdin.
A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany.
A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany.
A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany.

A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany.

London: Printed For The Author, By W.Bulmer And W.Nicol, Shakspeare Press, And Sold By Payne And Foss, Longman, Hurst And Co..., 1821. 3 vols., royal 8vo. pp. 2 p.l., xxv, [3 leaves], 462, lxxix, [1] errata; 2 p.l., 555; 2 p.l., 622, lxii. without half-titles. 83 plates (incl. portraits; 1 color, 2 sepia, & 5 double-page) & 63 smaller illus. in the text, some on India paper, mounted. Early half dark green morocco, marbled boards, gilt-lettered backstrips, a tall untrimmed set with usual occasional foxing or spotting. Bookplates of James Whatman and Charles Sebag-Montefiore. First edition, regular paper issue. One of a very few books by Dibdin that went into a second edition. "The collation is very irregular by reason of the fact that all illustrations in the text, being printed on India paper pasted-in, are on separately inserted leaves ... This Voyage Pittoresque is lavishly illustrated, mainly with copperplates after drawings by G.R. Lewis and others. Dibdin says he spent over 7000 pounds on the book, being the first patron to pay 100 guineas for a plate ... It has been unkindly said of this book that it would have been better without any text. However, it does contain a modicum of bibliographical information that is still useful if used with due caution" (Jackson). Lowndes notes that it "contains much useful and curious information" on the libraries and private collections of Europe. The second edition of 1829 is abridged and omits all but 5 of the original plates. Jackson 48; Lowndes I, 641; Windle & Pippin A38a. Provenance: James Whatman; Lister; Colin Franklin; Charles Sebag-Montefiore. Windle. Item #122750

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