London: Printed for A. Dry, 1819. Item #04525
Large Thick-Paper 'Royal' Copy of Pyne’s Royal Residences
PYNE, W[illiam] H[enry]. The History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore. Illustrated by one hundred highly finished and coloured engravings, fac-similes of original drawings by the most eminent artists. In three volumes. Vol. I. [II. III.] London: Printed for A. Dry…, 1819.
First Edition, Large Thick-Paper 'Royal' Copy.
Seven parts in three large quarto volumes (15 13/16 x 12 1/2 inches; 402 x 317 mm.).
, ii, , 188, , 21, [1, blank]; , 88, , 28, , 88; , 80, , 92, 16 pp.
One hundred hand-colored aquatint plates, heightened with gum arabic, including fifty-nine plates after C. Wild, twenty-five after J. Stephanoff, nine after R. Cattermole, six after W. Westall, and one after G. Samuel, of which thirty-six are engraved by T. Sutherland, twenty-three by W.J. Bennett, twenty-eight by R. Reeve, eleven by D. Havell, and two by J. Bailey. Uncolored engraved tail-piece in Volume I. Text watermarked 1816-1818, plates watermarked J.Whatman/Turkey Mill, 1811-1818. The plates and text are clean and bright with just the bare minimum of occasional marginal light foxing.
Contemporary russia, expertly rebacked to style. Covers double-ruled in gilt, spines with five 'double' raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers. A superb copy of this wonderful book, with strikingly colorful plates.
An additional engraved plate has been bound into volume I, facing the first page of text for Windsor Castle. The engraving is of "Windsor Castle renovated & repaired. Engraved by Sands, from a drawing by Allom, made in 1836". This 'extra' plate is a little foxed in the margins.
One of Ackermann’s most important collaborators, William Henry Pyne (1769-1843) “became connected with Ackermann about 1803, and came by degrees to occupy himself more with writing than painting, providing the text or part of it for many of Ackermann’s publications. It is not perhaps surprising that, being himself designer, painter, engraver and author, he should become enamoured of book production. His great effort in this direction was the large and costly work entitled The History of the Royal Residences…undoubtedly a very sumptuous book for which author, artist, engraver and publisher alike did their best” (Prideaux, pp. 142-143).
Pyne wrote the text and called upon some of the most prominent artists of his day to produce this invaluable record of palatial residences such as Carlton House, demolished in 1827, and the luxurious rooms within Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace and other royal homes, many of which were later redesigned. Fifty-nine of the 100 illustrations, displaying an “extraordinary richness of color,” were contributed by accomplished water colorist Charles Wild (Ray 42).
I originally sold this actual copy a short time after November 1975. It still has my old E. Joseph cost and date of purchase written on the verso of the front end-paper (DJB).
Abbey, Scenery, 396. Tooley 389.