London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815. Item #01869
Complete with the Portraits of the Founders
ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. A History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815.
First edition, complete with the engraved portraits of the Founders. Two large quarto volumes (13 3/16 x 11 1/16 inches; 334 x 281 mm.). viii, [2, list of plates], [ix]-xii, 296, [6, index]; , 324, [8, index] pp. Engraved portrait of the Duke of Gloucester and seventy-nine hand-colored plates (sixty-four aquatint views and fifteen engravings of university figures in academic costume) by Stadler, Havell, Agar, Bluck, Hill, and Reeve after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie, Uwins, and Pyne. Plates watermarked 1812.
Late 19th century half black morocco over brown cloth boards. Crimson morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. All edges marbled (top edge darkened). Some offsets from plates to text only. An excellent copy with early watermarks.
“The fine aquatints, with their somewhat old-world flavour, are well suited to reproduce the spirit and to recall the antique associations of the old quads and courts...
"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, 79-80. Prideaux, pp. 125-126 and 332. Tooley 4.