London: R. Ackermann, 1820 [i.e. c. 1840]. First Edition. Morocco. Translated from the German by John Black, from the Wiesbaden edition of 1819, Die Rheingegenden von Mainz bis Cölln. First English Edition, later issue, with all plates numbered, on J. Whatman Turkey Mill paper watermarked 1839. (Catalog descriptions of this title often fail to mention watermarked dates on the paper; even when the title page correctly specifies first edition, dates of the plates can vary widely from copy to copy: the printing plates were not re-engraved, but later impressions were pulled.) Imperial 4to: xiv,,178pp, with 24 "highly finished" (Hardie) hand-colored plates (by R. Havell, T. Sutherland and others after M. Schuetz) and folding map hand-colored in outline, engraved by Bartlett. Very handsomely bound in three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, spine richly gilt in six compartments (two of which lettered in gilt), all edges marbled, marbled end papers, linen slipcase. A splendid, wide-margined example, occasional offsetting from plates to facing text (original tissue guards browned but plates virtually pristine), else clean, fresh and bright, with beautifully colored aquatints. Abbey (Travel) 217. Tooley 234. Graesse III, 59. Hardie, pp. 107-08. Prideaux, p. 337. Fine. Item #BB1511
¶ Originally issued in six monthly parts in wrappers. One of the most beautiful of all view books, with plates depicting, among other locales, Bornhofen, the Mice Tower, Pfalz Castle, the salmon-fishery at Lurley, and Godesberg and the Seven Hills. Hardie, typically contrary, comments, "Though finely produced, the volume fails to rise above the ordinary type of show-book for a drawing room. . . . the subjects are too German in character, too pretty, too lacking in breadth and atmosphere. The best, perhaps, is the view of Thurnberg, where the square turreted castle standing high above the Rhine lends its own dignity to the drawing." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.