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Graphic and Descriptive Tour of the University of Oxford, &c., A

"Some of the Finest Aquatint Plates in Existence"
The Rarest of All Nattes Suites
Only One Copy at Auction Since 1923

NATTES, John Claude. A Graphic and Descriptive Tour of the University of Oxford, &c. London: Published by James Cundee, [1805].

First edition, complete. Large folio (21 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches; 545 x 348 mm.). 8; 9-16 pp. Engraved title with tinted aquatint vignette, four tinted aquatint plates engraved by Merigot, one engraved by Pugin

Wrappers expertly renewed to style with original brown front printed wrappers laid down. Resewn. Some minor foxing and edge browning. Housed together in a blue cloth clamshell case. An excellent copy.

Extremely scarce; the rarest of Nattes three suites (Views of Bath; Versailles, Paris, et Saint Denis). ABPC, which began indexing auction results in 1923, records only copy falling under the hammer, in 1992. OCLC/KVK record only one copy in institutional holdings worldwide.

Tooley notes this dearly rare suite in color but not uncolored; this copy is thus an unrecorded variant of an album scarcely seen in any format.

"Some of the finest aquatint plates in existence are those done from the drawings of John Claude Nattes...Nattes [1765-1839], was a topographical draughtsman who travelled and made sketches for illustrated works. He was one of the foundation members of the Water Colour Society...There is a very rare work entitled Oxford Deliniated; a Graphic and Descriptive Tour of the University of Oxford...of which only two parts appeared, though twenty-five were advertised...Had it been completed it must have ranked among the finest of publications with coloured plates..." (Prideaux, p. 274).

"[The work of Nattes]... provides a vast source of material of great value to the researcher of pre-Victorian topography and social history. The main collections of his work are in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Guildhall Library, London; the print room at Windsor Castle; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the National Library of Scotland.

The Plates:
1. Title vignette, Radcliff Library, from Exeter College Terrace.
2. West Entrance into Christ Church College, taken from Pembroke Lane.
3. Merton Church, from the Grove.
4. Entrance into Oxford from the London Road. (Pugin).
5. St. Peters in the East.
6. Merton Tower, taken from Magpie Lane (on p. 6 of the text).

Abbey, Scenery, 274 , 275. Tooley 341. Prideaux, p. 274.

Price: $6,500

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