London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by J. Diggens, 1816. Item #03781
Seventy-Six Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
In a Fine Regency Binding
PAPWORTH, John P. Select Views of London; with Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Some of the Most Interesting of Its Public Buildings. Compiled and Arranged by John B. Papworth, Architect. London: Printed for R. Ackermann… by J. Diggens, 1816.
First edition, first issue, with Papworth’s name on the title-page.
Large octavo (9 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches; 250 x 180 mm.). , 159, [1, blank] pp. Seventy-six hand-colored aquatint plates, including five double-page folding. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman 1815".
Contemporary Regency red straight-grain morocco. Covers decoratively bordered in gilt, smooth spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board-edges and wide gilt decorated turn-ins surrounding a gilt decorated border of green morocco which in turn surrounds a gilt bordered paste-down of tree calf, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. A little light offsetting from the plates to the text only.
A wonderful and early copy in a fine 'Regency' binding.
According to Abbey, "copies exist without the name of Papworth on the title-page, but no evidence can be adduced regarding priority of issue. Copies carrying Papworth's name are somewhat scarcer than those without" (Abbey, Scenery).
"His [Papworth] select Views of London, containing seventy-six unsigned plates to which he wrote the text, is a very interesting record of past London, with representations of City churches and other topographical features now no longer in existence. The preface opens with the following sententious introduction: "The Metropolis of a country so distinguished for its opulence, for the munificence of its public bodies, and the liberality of its individuals, must be interesting in all its features. The portraits of its palaces, churches, public buildings, and squares, are useful commentaries of its history --- they present documents of our national character, and record the progressive advancement of our commerce, science and arts."" (S.T. Prideaux. Aquatint Engraving, p. 144).
Abbey, Scenery, 217. Tooley 361. Martin Hardie, pp. 112, 312. Prideaux, pp. 144, 147.