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GERNING, Johann Isaac von.
A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine from Mentz to Cologne: With illustrations of the Scenes of Remarkable Events , and of Popular Traditions

One of the great 19th century colour-plate books. This book was the first title in Ackermann's "Picturesque Tour" series and was issued in six monthly parts. While Gerning's text was originally published in German. High quality aquatint illustrations.

London: R Ackermann, 1820.
Abbey Travel 217; Tooley 234; Martin Hardie, pp.107-108; Prideaux, pp337 & 385; Bobins II 461.
London: R Ackermann, 1820.

Originally published in six monthly parts, embellished with 24 coloured engravings from Drawings of M. Schetz accompanied by a map and translated from German by John Black. First Edition early issue. Large quarto (13" x 10.75" (332 x 271 mm) xiv [2] 178pp. Complete with the list of subscribers (pp. [v] - viii). Large folding engraved map with colour highlights and 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates by D.Havell and T. Sutherland after CG Schutz with tissue guards. Text watermarked 1817, and 1818 plates watermarked 1819 and 1820 - contemporary dark green roan. Boards ruled in gilt and blind with gilt floral corner ornaments; spine ruled gilt and blind and lettered in gilt board edges, and turn-ins ruled in gilt; all edges gilt. Binding slightly rubbed at extremities with tiny (1/4 inch) split to rear joint at the head of the spine. Some minor foxing and offsetting. A few small marginal rust spots. A fine, tall copy in a contemporary binding. "There are definitely later issues of this book....and these can be recognised by having plate numbers at the top right-hand corner. The impressions in these later issues are poor and the colouring less good" (Abbey). Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Bornhofen. 2. Mentz from the influx of the Maine into the Rhine. 3. Biebrich, the Summer Residence of the Duke of Nassau. 4. The Johannes Berg. 5. The Town of Bingen. 6. The Mice Tower. 7. The Castle of Furstenberg. 8. Bacharach. 9. Pfalz Castle and the Town of Laub. 10. The Town of Oberwesel. 11. Thurnberg. 12. Liebenstein. 13. Braubach. 14. The Church of Johannes at the influx of the Lahn. 15. St. Goarshausen, St. Goar, and Rheinfels. 16. Salmon Fishery at Lurley. 17. Boppard. 18. Coblentz and the Fortress of Ehrenbreitstein. 19. Andernach and Neuwied. 20. Engers and Sayn. 21. Hammerstein. 22. The Castles of Drachenfels & Rolandveck. 23. Bodesberg and the Severn Hills. 24. Cologne.