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Boydell's River Thames with 76 colored aquatints  

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An History of the River Thames

Boydell, John and Josiah, publishers


Printed for W. Bulmer and Co. for John and Josiah Boydell



Two volumes. xiv, [2], 312; [8], 294, [1] pp. With 76 hand-coloured aquatint plates by J.C. Stadler after J. Farington (3 folding, all within grey aquatint borders); uncolored engraved plate of "The Mask of the Tame) inserted facing p.255 in Vol. 1; engraved map, of the plan of the course of the River Thames, divided into two frontispiece fold-outs; one in each volume. (folio) 42x32.5 cm (16½x13"), period calf ruled in gilt. First Edition. 

Among the plates are two fine folding views of London. The work was intended to form the first part of An History of the Principal Rivers of Great Britain, a wider project to illustrate the rivers Thames, Severn, Forth and Clyde, but the idea was abandoned by Boydell once his celebrated History of the Thames appeared. In the present copy, the engraved plate of Father Tame, sometimes used as the frontispiece, is bound facing page 255 of the first volume; in later issues it was printed directly on text page 256. Tooley 102.

Lot Amendments

Light wear with rubbing at spine ends and joints, corners lightly bumped; front hinge of Volume I cracked, occasional foxing to pages; some offsetting to maps and some offsetting and bleed-through from plates; spotting to a few plates; overall very good.

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