The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul’s, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ’s Hospital

Ackermann's Colleges
The Copy of Four-Time British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
With Two of the Original Augustus Charles Pugin Watercolors Bound-In
One of Fifty Large Paper Copies

[ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul’s, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ’s Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816.

First edition, One of Fifty Large-Paper Copies. Large quarto (16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches; 410 x 327 mm.). vi, [1, “Arrangement of Plates”], [1, blank], 56; 72; 27, [1, blank]; 32; 34; 22; 40; 34; 43, [1, blank] pp. With forty-eight hand-colored plates (forty-five aquatint and three engraved), including four costume plates and forty-four views by Havell, Stadler, Bluck, and others, after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and others.

First state of Plate 6 (“Winchester College, from the Meadow”), dated “Jany. 1, 1815”; first issue, second state of Plate 23 (“Westminster School Room”), with the masters bareheaded; first issue, second state of Plate 26 (”Charter House”), lettered by means of a printed overslip, depicting two washerwomen with a basket laying out linen on the lawn, and with eleven figures on the paths. Text watermarked J. Whatman 1811 and 1816, plates watermarked J. Whatman 1811.

Extra illustrated with two of the original watercolors by Augustus Charles Pugin (1762-1832), one of the 'Westminster School Room' (following p. 22), the other of a 'Dormitory of Westminster School' (following p. 24).

The two original watercolors are "orig[inal] drawing[s] by Pugin "from J.P. Morgan Collection" (pencil note on each mount).

Contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Expertly re-backed with the original spine laid down.Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt. With the armorial bookplates of W.E. Gladstone and Frederic Baron Wolverton, and the bookplate of Joel Spitz onfront paste-down and end-paper. Housed in a red cloth slipcase. A remarkable copy with impeccable provenance.

Provenance: William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898; bookplate) -- Frederick Glyn, 4th Baron Wolverton (1864-1932; bookplate) -- Arthur Pforzheimer. (acquired from him in 1944). Provenance of the watercolors: John Pierpont 'J.P.' Morgan (1837-1913; pencilled note on each mount).

A spectacular Large-Paper Copy with two of the original watercolors by Augustus Charles Pugin and superlative provenance. The two watercolors of Westminster school mark the high point of Pugin’s skill as an architectural draftsman. He had already worked with Ackermann on several magnificently illustrated works. The Microcosm of London, published between 1808 and 1810, was followed by the History of Westminster Abbey (1812), the History of the University of Oxford (1814), with thirty plates after Pugin, the History of the University of Cambridge, with twenty-two plates after him, and finally the present work, with fourteen of his plates.

Abbey, Scenery 438; Tooley 3; Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332. Item #03306

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