London: Printed for the Proprietor by Howlett and Brimmer, 1825. Item #04849
The Great Wight Way
RAYE, Charles. A Picturesque Tour Through the Isle of Wight. Illustrated by Numerous Views. London: Printed for the Proprietor by Howlett and Brimmer, 1825.
First edition. Oblong quarto (7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches; 192 x 267 mm.).  pp., including title and list of plates. Twenty-three hand-colored aquatint plates and one hand-colored engraved plate (Plate VIII). Plates XXII and XXIII signed, "engraved by C. Rosenberg".
Late twentieth century three-quarter dark green morocco over green cloth boards, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt. Intermittent very light foxing, otherwise a fine copy. Housed in a red cloth slipcase.
The author seems to have loved the area writing fondly of the numerous views. He often quotes poems from various authors of which one is taken from Wordsworth "written when sailing in a boat at evening" and one from Thomas Moore. An excellent example illustrating early nineteenth century art of aquatint. Plates beautifully hand-colored and in superb condition.
Plate no. 8, Sand Rock near Niton, often found plain (as in Abbey and in a few institutional copies) is here vividly hand-colored.
View of the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth Harbour - Village of Carisbrooke - Carisbrooke Castle - Entrance to Carisbrooke Castle - View of the needles from Chale Bay - Rocks near Chale Bay - Village of Niton - Sand Rock near Niton - Black Gang Chine - View from the top of Black Gang Chine - St. Laurence's Church - Undercliff near Mirables - Bonn Church - View near Luccombe Chine - Ventnor Cove - Dunnose - View at Shanklin - Shanklin Church - Shanklin Chine - Culver Cliffs from Sandham Bay - Distant View of Culver Cliffs - Cowes Castle --View of Spithead from Ryde - Freshwater Cave.
Abbey, Scenery 349; Tooley 394; Prideaux, p. 349.