SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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IRELAND, Samuel.
Picturesque Views, with an Historical Account of the Inns of Court, in London and Westminster.

A fascinating book focusing on The Inns of Court in London, where there are professional associations for barristers in England and Wales. There are four Inns of Court – Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, and Middle Temple. Nicely illustrated.

London: for C. Clarke by R. Faudler and J. Egerton,1800.
Prideaux p. 271 & 342; Bobins II 672; Abbey Scenery 207; Not in Tooley.
London: for C. Clarke by R. Faudler and J. Egerton,1800.

With 21 hand-coloured aquatint plates. 8vo (9 x 6 inches) pp xvi+254+errata leaf. Bound by Root & Son in full brown morocco with marbled endpapers; boards have an outer decorative gilt border; beautiful gilt dentelles; spine has raised bands with two compartments lettered in gilt; and decoration on the remainder of the spine; top edge gilt. There is some light toning to the text. Overall a clean, tight copy in near fine condition. FIRST EDITION of a scarce hand-coloured copy usually found in sepia aquatint plates. Coloured plates in order: 1. Middle Temple Gate. 2. Temple Church. 3. The Inner Temple. 4. Clement's Inn. 5. Clifford's Inn. 6. Lion's Inn. 7. Middle Temple Hall. 8. S.W. view of Middle Temple Hall. 9. New Inn. 10. Lincoln's Inn Gate. 11. Lincoln's Inn Hall & Chapel. 12. Stone Buildings Lincoln's Inn. 13. Furnival's Inn. 14. Garden front of Furnival's Inn. 15. Gray's Inn. 16. Staple Inn. 17. Barnard's Inn. 18. Sergeant's Inn. 19. Roll's Chapel 20. Guildhall. 21. Westminster Hall.