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A very good 7 volume set. Original decorated brown cloth over bevelled boards, Front boards with a bright gilt central image of the Royal Coat Of Arms and titles, and an elaborate gilt border. Spines with similar gilt decoration. Rear boards with blind stamp pattern. Spines a little dulled. All page edges bright gilt. Original yellow endpapers, slightly soiled, with some light spotting to preliminaries and extremities. Each volume has a coloured frontispiece, a coloured title leaf with a coloured vignette illustration, a printed title page and a further 38 full-page coloured plates, (each with a tissue guard) - making 240 illustrations in all. Scarce 7 volume set. The seventh volume, containing nothing except the facsimile autograph signatures of those who had subscribed towards the cost of the publication. 4to. 11.00" x 9.00" x 1.25". Vol.1 pp.4/pp.90/[2pp.] ; Vol. 2 pp.4/pp.80 ; Vol. 3 pp.4/pp.80 ; Vol.4 pp.4/pp.82 ; Vol.5 pp.4/pp.80 ; Vol.6 pp.4/pp.88 (including index). Vol.7 [2pp.]/pp.135/pp.45 - Index. A very good set in an excellent original binding. ** Published originally in parts by Longman, then by D. Banks in Leeds, but ultimately was sold as a subscription work in six volumes in 1880 by William Mackenzie, according to M. C. F. Morris: 'Benjamin Fawcett: colour printer and engraver.' Oxford, 1925, p. 62. *** "The straightforward but thoroughly attractive plates were drawn by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836-1917) and printed from coloured woodblocks by the Baxter process by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893) of Driffield, Yorkshire. The brisk but informative text was prepared by Rev. F. O. Morris (1810-1893), Fawcett's friend and neighbour and collaborator on many color-illustrated works of natural history. The many plates in this set are notable for their precise printing and rich colouring; each plate was printed in an average of eight colours. Ruari McLean states that in this work "the best [plates] are of great charm and beauty; and the colour printing is, as usual, superb." Friedman in 'Colour printing in England, 1486-1870' remarks that of Fawcett's colouring: "...his ink tones are so subtle and transparent that they have the appearance of watercolour..." Fawcett's transparent colours were especially suited to Lydon's crisply-drawn renderings of immaculately tidy grounds bathed in sunlight and with gardens abloom." **** Benjamin Fawcett (December 1808 - January 1893) was one of the finest of English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers. The son of a ship's master, he was apprenticed at age 14 for seven years to William Forth, a Bridlington bookseller and printer. In 1831 he started his own business in Middle Street, Driffield, as music seller, bookbinder and printer, bookseller and stationer... Hand-coloured wood engraving started with an accurate painting of the subject. This picture was then carved on a wooden block, standing proud in order to pick up the ink. The block was then placed in a printing press to give a black-and-white print, which was then hand-coloured. The wooden print blocks were carved with great attention detail. Pear and boxwood were sufficiently hard and fine-grained, making them durable and capable of showing fine detail. Most of the joint works of Fawcett and Lydon were published by Groombridge, of London. Fellow engraver, W. D. Ridley wrote: "Benjamin Fawcett was undoubtedly a born genius in the best sense of the word; for in a remote country town in the early days of railway facilities, when it must have been difficult to buy high-grade colour inks, he brushed all difficulties aside, purchased his own boxwood shipped direct from Turkey, matured it, sawed it in slices, surfaced it accurately, drew the whole of his work, upon these blocks himself." - See Wikipedia .
Title: A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. With Descriptive And Historical Letterpress. Edited By The Rev. F. O. Morris, B.A. - 7 volume set .
Categories: 19TH CENTURY,
Publisher: London, Edinburgh and Dublin: William MacKenzie, 69 Ludgate Hill, [ no date - 1866 - 1880 ?] . 0:
ISBN Number: 0
Item: 1.00 Item
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