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ROWLANDSON, Thomas. (illust)
Poetical Sketches of Scarborough...

This is an attractively bound example of popular British colour-plate books issued at the beginning of the 19th century. Combining light prose and poetry with charming illustrations. The Advertisement states that ‘the originals of the plates introduced into this volume were sketches made as souvenirs of the place during a visit to Scarborough in the season of 1812. They were not intended for publication but were found to interest many persons of taste, several of whom expressed a desire to possess engravings of them... (Prideaux, pp. 144-145).

London: R. Ackermann, 1813.
Abbey 297; Tooley 422;
London: R. Ackermann, 1813.

8vo. Recent half red crushed morocco, spine with five raised bands with gilt decoration to panels and gilt titles. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers with armorial bookplate to front pastedown of 'Edward Geoffrey Sergeant.' Title advert contents [i]-xv 215; twenty one hand-coloured plates. Plates are watermarked 'Whatman 1812', text pages watermarked 'Balson 1813'. Some finger soiling to page edges. The aquatints have a strong and bright imprint. An attractive book in excellent order. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Widow Ducker & her Nymphs. 2. A Trip to Scarbro'. 3. The Breakfast. 4. The Spa. 5. Spa Terrace. 6. Boot & Shoe Shop. 7. The Castle. 8. The Warm Bath. 9. Cornelian Bay. 10. Sea Bathing. 11. The Sands. 12. The Church. 13. Shower Bath. 14. The Library. 15. The Terrace. 16. The Theatre. 17. The Ball Room. 18. Terrace Steps. 19. Wet Quakers. 20. The Post Office. 21. The Departure.