SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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SAMS, William.
A Tour through Paris.

London: St. James Street, 1822.
Abbey Travel I 113 &114; Colas 2898; Tooley 443; Bobins II 547.
London: St. James Street, 1822.

A lovely copy with 21 hand-coloured aquatints of daily scenes in Parisian life. Each plate is accompanied by a textual description. This is the more desirable edition with 21 instead of 17 plates. Although the plates are dated 1822 there are no watermarks on the plates nor date on the title-page. Folio (37 x 27cm - not oblong). Text leaves occasionally browned by plate ink. Plates are generally in excellent condition with a small spot of browning in lower margin corner to just a few. Bound in modern half morocco over marbled boards, title in gilt to spine, part of original spine laid down. All edges gilt. Boards rubbed and worn, tail of spine loose. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Distribution of Wine on the Morning of St. Louis. 2. The Voitures of Versailles. 3. The Blind Man of the Bridge of Arts. 4. Dancers on Silts in the Champs-Elysees. 5. Office of Nurses. 6. Porters and Fisherwomen, revelling round the Statue of Henry IV. 7. Interior of a Swimming School. 8. Parisians reading the Public Prints in the Garden of the Tuileries. 9. The Catacombs. 10. The Chamber of Deputies. 11. Parisian Street Characters. 12. Itinerants on the Boulevards. 13. Military Deregulation in the Place Vendome. 14. The Juggler of the Chateau d'Eau. 15. La Morgue. 16. The Flower Market. 17. The Meridian of the Palais Royal. 18. The Charcoal Porters. 19. Procession of the Fete-Dieu, Parish Saint Germain L'Auxerrois. 20. A Corps de Garde of the Garde Nationale. 21. Promenade of Her Serene Highness the Duchess of Berri & the Younger Branches of the Royal Family of France, on the Terrace de l'Eau, at the Palace of the Tuileries.