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Observations On The River Wye, And Several Parts Of South Wales, &c. Relative Chiefly To Picturesque Beauty; Made In The Summer Of The Year 1770. [Large Paper Issue] by  William (1724-1804) GILPIN - Second Edition - 1789 - from Fine Editions Ltd and

Observations On The River Wye, And Several Parts Of South Wales, &c. Relative Chiefly To Picturesque Beauty; Made In The Summer Of The Year 1770. [Large Paper Issue]

by GILPIN, William (1724-1804)

Condition: Near Fine+

London: printed for R. Blamire, in the Strand, 1789. Second Edition. Near Fine+. A very beautifully bound Large Paper Issue (ESTC Citation No.T98996) of Gilpin's first picturesque tour. Broad royal 8vo: [xvi],152pp, including final advertisement leaf and 17 full-page oval aquatints (without titles, numbers, signatures or imprints). Contemporary full mottled calf, flat spine divided into six compartments elaborately tooled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt, covers framed with gilt rules and rules with gilt corner devices, marbled end papers. Bookplate of W. Frank Perkins to front paste down. A gorgeous copy, pages and plates virtually pristine, expert repair to joints. Scarce: ESTC lists only seven copies of this Large Paper Issue, five in Britain and two in U.S.A. Bland, History of Book Illustration, p. 247. Abbey (Scenery) 546. Prideaux, p. 337. Hardie, p. 120. Henrey II, p. 531. Barbier, pp. 49-51. Upcott I, p. 330. Lowndes II 894. Cox, Travel III, p. 30. Beginning with the first edition of River Wye, which appeared in 1782, Gilpin published five different picturesque tours, eventually running to eleven volumes, all with the same title format: Observations on [various regions of Britain] relative chiefly to picturesque beauty. The illustrations are in aquatint, over which is brushed a tint of warm yellow or brown to give provide tone. According to Chilvers & Osborne, Gilpin was "first to establish the picturesque as an aesthetic category and by his numerous writings, illustrated by his own fine aquatints, he exerted a profound and lasting influence on both English and European taste in natural and artificial scenery and landscape painting." In June of 1770, Gilpin embarked on his first truly picturesque tour. For Gilpin, "sailing down the Wye proved a very different trip from his tame journey down the Thames: the ruined castles and mountains of Wales were indeed exciting after the flat countryside of eastern and south-eastern England. . . . here was landscape that called for description, that matched his conceptions of beauty and grandeur." (Barbier) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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