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Ackermann's Westminster Abbey with 80 aquatints 1812  

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The History of the Abbey Church of St Peter's Westminster, Its Antiquities and Monuments
Printed for R. Ackermann

2 volumes. xviii, 330, [6 Index]; [4], 275 [276 blank], [4 Index] pp. With eighty-three plates, of which eighty are hand colored aquatints, 1 copper-engraved portrait, 1 copper-engraved plan, and 1 colored line engraving; tissue guards. (Folio) 36x29 cm (14¼x11½"), period half calf & marbled boards, spines tooled & lettered in gilt, page edges untrimmed. First Edition, second issue.

Magnificent hand-colored aquatint plates from Ackermann’s renowned publishing studio, depicting stained glass windows, mosaics, tombs, monuments and architectural details of Westminster Abbey. The present copy with page edges untrimmed, and in a nice contemporary binding, complete with both half titles and the list of subscribers. This is the second issue, with the first plate in Vol. II marked Pugin delt. (rather than Mackenzie delt.)  Abbey, Scenery, 213 & 214; Tooley 2. With the woodcut bookplates of John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and author. 

Lot Amendments
Some rubbing, edge and joint wear to bindings, Vol. II with spine ends expertly repaired and strengthened; occasional foxing to text leaves, very good or better, the plates superbly colored, a very desirable copy.
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