London: Printed for Robert Bowyer… by T. Bensley, 1805. Item #02690
Eighteen Fine Hand Colored Aquatint Views Of England and Wales
LOUTHERBOURG, P.J. de. The Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales, From drawings made expressly for this undertaking by P.J. de Loutherbourg, Esq., R.A. With historical and descriptive accounts of the several places of which views are given. Engraved by William Pickett, and coloured by John Clark. London: Printed for Robert Bowyer… by T. Bensley, 1805.
First edition, first issue. Folio (18 3/8 x 13 1/4 inches; 467 x 333 mm.). ,  leaves. Two title-pages and two leaves of descriptive text for each plate (titles and text in both English and French; the French text in double-columns). Eighteen hand-colored aquatint plates. Text and plates watermarked J. Whatman 1801 and 1805. A few light marginal stains to some text leaves, overall a near fine copy.
Recently rebound to contemporary style in full dark green straight-grain morocco. Covers with gilt ruled borders enclosing a decorative gilt border. Spine richly gilt decorated and lettered in compartments, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers.
First issue copies contain a signature and imprint underneath each plate and watermarks no later than 1805.
Abbey, Scenery, 9. Tooley 305. .