London: Printed for J. Hassell…, 1819. Item #00637
Rare Large-Paper Copy
In Original Drab Boards
Twenty-Four Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
HASSELL, J[ohn]. Tour of the Grand Junction, Illustrated in a Series of Engravings; with an Historical and Topographical Description of Those Parts of the Counties of Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire, Through Which the Canal Passes. London: Printed for J. Hassell…Islington; And sold by all Booksellers, 1819.
First edition. Large paper copy. Octavo (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 225 x 138 mm.). viii, 147, [1, blank], [3, index], [1, “Directions for Placing the Cuts”] pp. With twenty-four hand-colored aquatint plates by J. Hassell. Dates not visible on the plate watermarks.
Uncut, in the original drab boards, neatly rebacked to style at an early date. Front cover with the original printed paper label. Bookplate of John H. Baker on front pastedown.
“The Tour of the Grand Junction, an octavo volume with twenty-four aquatints drawn, and probably engraved, by Hassell, appeared in 1819…Canals at this period were the great highways of commerce, and the shares of the Grand Junction, opened as far as Uxbridge in 1801, had risen in 1818 from their original price of £100 to £250. Shortly before the publication of this book it had been the vogue for London Society to visit Uxbridge on barges drawn by horses gaily decked with ribbons” (Martin Hardie).
Abbey, Scenery, 30. Martin Hardie, pp. 140-141. Tooley 252.