Lot 90 of 222:
Thomas Rowlandson color plates of London uniforms  

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Estimate:
$10,000 - $15,000

Title:
Loyal Volunteers of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry, in Their Respective Uniforms Representing the Whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise in 87 Plates
Author:
Rowlandson, Thomas
Place:
[London]
Publisher:
[Rudolph Ackermann]
Date:
[1798-99]
Description:

Hand-colored etched title leaf. viii, [4] preliminary matter, plus 86 hand-colored etched plates, interleaved with descriptive letter press, errata leaf at rear. Most plates highlighted in silver and gilt. (Large 4to) 34x27.5 cm (13½x10¾") later straight-grain blue half morocco and marbled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, raised bands. First Edition.

A very important work in the genre of military costume books, perhaps the best of its kind. The wide range of uniforms of the Volunteer forces of London depicted by the renowned English engraver and caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson. A generously margined copy, larger than the Abbey copy by nearly three-quarters of an inch. Two additional plates were issued later, they are not present here, as is typical. Abbey, Life 379; Tooley 416.

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Condition:
Some light foxing and very faint offsetting; a desirable copy in a fine morocco binding with only slight wear.
 
Item number:
289706
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