1813. London: R. Ackermann, 1813.
8vo in 4s, , xv, [1, blank], 215, [1, blank] pp. Twenty-one hand-colored aquatint plates (including frontispiece). Full crushed red morocco by Riviere, covers gilt-ruled, backstrip with five raised bands paneled in gilt, gilt dentelles, green coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Joints lightly worn, some offsetting from the plates, a very good copy.
§ First edition. "The originals of the plates introduced in this volume were sketches made as souvenirs of the place during a visit to Scarborough 1812. They were not intended for publication, but being found to interest many persons of taste, several of whom expressed a desire to possess engravings of them, and some gentlemen having offered to add metrical illustrations to each the present form of publication has been adopted. The several authors were not personally acquainted with each other" (Advertisement). A delightfully silly satire on fashionable life at the seaside in Regency England, perhaps better known to us today through the novels of Jane Austen. (In later years Scarborough became a favorite place of Anne Brontë who was prescribed the spa waters and sea air for her tuberculosis, and who died there in 1849.) The versified descriptions of the spa, the castle, the ball room, and sea-bathing, among other things, were here published anonymously; in the second edition the authors were identified as W. Coombe, J. B. Papworth, and F. Wrangham. "Plate 8 'The Warm Bath' is said to contain the portrait of Mrs. Robinson, George IV's mistress" (Tooley). Abbey, Scenery, 297. Tooley 422. Item #123315