A History of the University of Oxford; Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. In Two Volumes

"Plates of Unequaled Merit"
Includes the Founders Plates

ACKERMANN, Rudolph. A History of the University of Oxford. Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. In Two Volumes. London: R. Ackermann, 1814.

First edition, early state of plates. Two large quarto volumes (13 1/4 x 10 3/4 in; 338 x 274 mm). xxv, [1, blank], 275, [1, blank], [6, index]; [2], 300, [6, index] pp. With the list of subscribers, the dedication to Lord Grenville and the uncolored engraved portrait of Lord Grenville. 114 plates including the thirty-three portraits of Founders and seventeen costume plates, all hand-colored aquatints or stipple-engravings by Bluck, Stadler, Hill and others after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie and others. Bound without the half-titles and Arrangement of Plates leaf. All plates, excepting the Founders (issued April 1, 1815), watermarked no later than 1814.

Contemporary three-quarter hard-grain maroon morocco over pebbled cloth boards, ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, lettered and decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments. Marbled edges and end-papers. Bookplate of Charles Cobb Walker to front paste-downs. Embossed stamp of New England Conservatory of Music to lower corner of each title page. Some offsetting from plates to text. An occasional margin smudge or spot. A very nice copy in an extremely attractive contemporary binding.

"These two books [Ackermann's History of Oxford and History of Cambridge] are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nach, F. Mackenzie, and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequaled merit in their particular line" (Prideaux, pp. 125-6).

Abbey, Scenery, 278; Tooley 5; Prideaux pp. 125-6. Item #01868

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