VG, First Edition, second issue, 82 plates. 2 Vols in attractive c1900 half black calf over blue cloth, some blind tooling. Spines, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling, gilt titles to red calf labels, Internally, Vol 1, half title, frontis, , (viii-xiv),  pl list, , (ii-xxv), , , 2-275 pp, ,  index. Vol 2, half title, frontis, , , 2-262 pp,  index. 64 hand coloured aquatint plates after Pugin, Nash, Westall, and others, 17 stipple engraved costume plates (many watermarked J Whatman 1812, by Agar after Uwins), engraved portrait of Lord Grenville (spotted), very occasional spotting to a few leaves of text, some offsetting from pls to text, t.e.g., head of v2 repaired. A very good set. Text ascribed to both William Combe (1742-1823), & Frederic Schoberl (1775-1853).(348*288 mm). (Bobins 609. Abbey Scenery 280. Tooley 5). It has 8 2nd issue points & 3 of the first issue points, all visible watermarks are 1812, (Tooley). As a publisher Ackermann was both creative and efficient, bringing to the commercial production of colour plate books innovative techniques and an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. (ODNB).
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