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SMITH, John Thomas.
Antiquities Of Westminster.

London: Bensley, 1807.
Abbey, Scenery, 210. Twyman pp. 29/30. Adams, 98
London: Bensley, 1807.

Large 4to, half-title, title, dedication., xv, [1], 1 f. list of plates, pp. 276 (incl. subscribers); engraved title-page (with hand-coloured armorial) Full tan polished calf with embossed gilt emblems to boards, rule in gilt to boards, raised gilt bands and lettering to spine, all edges gilt, inner hinges replaced and strengthened, coloured endpapers. Bookplate: 'William Allen Potter' on front pastedown, Contents good and clean. Two Volumes in one - Antiquities of Westminster [and] Sixty-Two Additional Plates. The main body of text includes a total of 39 plates (copper engravings lithographs and aquatints) of which 14 hand coloured. Both plates of The Inside of the Painted Chamber" are present - the rare stone plate and the copper replacement. This makes a total of 101 plates plus the hand-coloured title page. In addition to this there are 24 engraved plates of the kings and queens of England. Handsome binding. Some edge-wear to boards with the leather on the edges rubbed off in places a little wear to base of spine but binding remains strong. Contents very good bookplates to front paste-down no inscriptions a little foxing and staining but almost entirely restricted to page edges a few pages with dog-eared or missing corners. A very good copy with the full complement of plates. Coloured plates in order: 1. Sculpture and Painted Glass from St Stephen's Chapel. 2. Specimen of Painting from St Stephen's Chapel. 3. Specimens of Stained Glass from St Stephen's Chapel. 4. As above. 5. As above. 6. Grotesque Paintings on the Frieze in St Stephen's Chapel. 7. As above. 8. Armorial Bearings from St Stephen's Chapel. 9. As above. 10. Specimens of Sculpture from St Stephen's Chapel. 11. Specimens of Painting from St Stephen's Chapel. 12. Specimen of Painting from St Stephen's Chapel. 13. As per 11. 14. As per 12. 15. A title page.