London: R. Ackermann, 1821. Item #03424
One of the Greatest Nineteenth-Century English Color Plate Books
Illustrating the Scenery Along the River Seine
Part One Only (of Six)
With Remarkably Brilliant Impressions of the Plates
SAUVAN, Jean-Baptiste-Balthazar. Picturesque Tour of the Seine, From Paris to the Sea. With particulars historical and descriptive… Illustrated with twenty-four highly finished and coloured engravings, from drawings made by A. Pugin and J. Glendall; And accompanied by a Map. London: R. Ackermann, 1821.
First edition. Part One Only (of Six)
Folio (14 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches; 359 x 298 mm.). 32, pp. Four hand-colored aquatint plates by D. Havell after A. Pugin and J. Glendall.
Pre-publication watermarks - plates: 1813 and 1819. text: 1818.
Original gray printed wrappers, sewn as issued. Ink manuscript part number "No. 1." on top left of front wrapper.
A very fine example chemised in a quarter blue morocco slip-case. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on front inside wrapper.
A fine, fresh, uncut copy of part one only (of six) of one of the greatest nineteenth-century English color plate books illustrating the scenery along the Seine. Brilliant impressions of the plates, superbly hand-colored. The four color plates are: "Rouen", "Pont Notre Dame", "Mouth of the Seine" and "Poissy".
"The River Seine is well known to form a distinguished feature in the Tour of France, as it winds through and adorns the important province of Normandy, and is the great commercial Channel of the Metropolis of that Kingdom. This River reflects, in its earlier stream, the most striking views of metropolitan grandeur; and, as it proceeds, Nature has been most lavish in beautiful pictures on its banks, and presents, in its course, a succession of objects, whose landscape enrichments are connected with antiquarian circumstances peculiarly interesting to the English Traveller" (prospectus on verso of the wrappers).
The work was issued by Ackermann in six parts, each containing four plates, between January and June 1821. Seven hundred and fifty copies were printed on regular paper, at 14s per part, and fifty large-paper copies, "taken on Atlas Paper" at 21s per part. (Tooley).
Abbey, Travel 90; Tooley 445; Bobins, Exotic and the Beautiful II: 548.