London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. Item #04460
Ackermann's History of the Colleges
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 5/8 inches; 410 x 321 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 gathering of text of Eton College misbound as pp. 3/4; , 2; 7/8; 5/6, but complete.
Abbey's first state of Plate 6 (“Winchester College, from the Meadow”), dated “Jany. 1, 1815”; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 (“Westminster School Room”), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's third state "as usual in large paper copies" of Plate 26 (”Charter House, from the Play Ground”), printed direct (with no overslip), depicting thirteen boys and masters playing cricket (instead of washerwomen). Text watermarked J. Whatman 1811 and 1816, plates watermarked J. Whatman 1811. A few small fore and lower marginal tears, most of which have been expertly repaired, a few tiny rust spots, mainly marginal, some very light water-staining to the lower margins of a few text leaves, pp. 5/6 of Westminster School with expert and almost invisibly repaired six-inch tear, a few small expert repairs to upper and lower corners. A full listing of all these minor imperfections can be supplied upon request.
Mid to late twentieth century three-quarter red morocco over cockerel boards ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, cockerel end-papers, all edges rough gilt. Housed in a red cloth slipcase.
A spectacular and exceptionally rare Large-Paper Copy - only the third that we have seen in over fifty years. The last Large Paper Copy to appear at auction was the Spitz copy at Christie's, London (27th May, 2015 - lot 3) which fetched £6,250 (approximately $9,000).
"Originally issued in 12 monthly parts, with 4 plates to each part, the first appearing 1 Jan. 1816… On completion it was issued in quarto boards at 7 guineas or in the parts complete for £7. 4s. Fifty copies were printed on large paper at 1 guinea per part and on completion issued in atlas quarto for 12 guineas. Twenty-five copies were printed with the plates uncoloured India proof impressions." (Tooley, pp. 8/9).
Abbey, Scenery 438; Tooley 3; Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332.