London: Printed for J. Hassell…, 1817. Item #00638
With 120 "Charmingly Composed "
Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
HASSELL, J[ohn]. Picturesque Rides and Walks, with Excursions by Water, Thirty Miles round the British Metropolis; Illustrated in a Series of Engravings, Coloured after Nature: with an Historical and Topographical Description of the Country within the Compass of that Circle. London: Printed for J. Hassell…Islington; and sold by all Booksellers, 1817-1818.
First edition. Large paper copy. Two octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 213 x 134 mm.). [iii]-viii, 249, [1, blank], [2, “Directions for Placing the Cuts”], [8, index]; , 272, [9, index], [1, blank], [2, “Directions for Placing the Cuts”] pp. Bound without the half-titles, as usual. With 120 hand-colored aquatint plates.
Contemporary half dark green roan, ruled in gilt, over drab boards. Smooth spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, with the gilt cipher of the Earl of Essex surmounted by a coronet at head of spine. Marbled edges and endpapers. Some scattered light foxing and occasional offsetting from the plates. Pencilled note on the verso of the front free endpaper of Volume I: From the library of the Earl of Essex. Bookplate of John H. Baker on front pastedown of each volume. An excellent copy.
Originally issued in twenty-four parts, May 1816-May 1818.
“In 1817 was published [Hassell’s] Picturesque Rides and Walks…round the British Metropolis, two dumpy volumes in small octavo. These are copiously illustrated by a hundred and twenty views, which, though small, are charmingly composed and tinted, and make an interesting record of the topography of London and its suburbs in the early part of last century, when Paddington and Kensington were still rural villages. The sixty plates of the first volume are all drawn and engraved by Hassell; in the second volume the majority are by D. Havell after Hassell” (Martin Hardie).
Abbey, Scenery, 218. Martin Hardie, p. 140. Tooley 251.