Brighton: Published by the Artist, . Item #02547
Bruce Brightens Brighton
This Best Copy Beats Abbey's
BRUCE, J. Select Views of Brighton. Taken on the Spot and Executed by Mr. Bruce. Brighton: Published by the Artist,n.d. .
First edition, early issue, watermarked 1827 with plan dated 1827. Oblong quarto (9 1/2 x 14 in; 241 x 355 mm). Seven vividly hand-colored aquatints and one hand-colored line-engraved "Plan of Brighton."
Original printed cream wrappers. An excellent copy, the plates bright and fresh, the wrappers near fine. Housed in a later blue cloth portfolio with ribbon ties.
Abbey's copy possessed nine plates but with later watermarks and the plan dated 1829.
Excessively scarce in all editions. OCLC records an 1828, 1829, and 1833 edition with only one copy of each in institutional holdings worldwide but there are no copies of this, the first edition, found. The last copy to come to auction was at Bloomsbury in 1997; rebound without original wrappers its plates were watermarked 1833 and 1834. The last copy prior to that sold twenty years earlier, in 1977, but it was the 1830 edition.
There are a few extremely dramatic aquatints here. The plate titled "To Capt. S. Brown R.N. This plate representing the situation of the Chain Pier at Brighton during the late tempest," for instance, depicts an angry sky with a dangerous sea inundating the Chain Pier and Brighton coast as a tsunami.
1. Brighton Royal Palace.
2. View of Brighton New Church
3. Siene View of Brighton Royal Chain Pier
4. To Capt. S. Brown R.N.
5. Interior View of Brighton Royal Chain Pier
6. View of Brunswick Square
7. Kempton Brighton
8. Plan of Brighton with the Latest Improvements to 1827
Cf. Abbey, Scenery 58.