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This book illustrates some views (notably those of large squares, churches, and important public buildings) of the city with extensive histories of each. John Papworth (1775-1847) was originally destined for the clergy, but his artistic ability was spotted by the architect William Chambers who encouraged his father to foster his talent. In 1798 Papworth entered the Royal Academy schools and was soon exhibiting works at the Academy. Through his association with the publisher Rudolph Ackermann, Papworth began to be noticed for his designs and was commissioned by clients including Princess Charlotte, the daughter of George IV, and her husband Prince Leopold, for whom he designed a garden at their home, Claremont. Papworth's association with Ackermann resulted in several publications.

London: R. Ackermann, 101 Strand, 1816.
Abbey Scenery 217; Tooley 361; Bobins II 698.
London: R. Ackermann, 101 Strand, 1816.

Small 4to. Bound in mid-20th century full red morocco; titles and infilled box design to spine; gilt rules and corner decoration to boards; gilt inner dentelles; gilt marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. With 76 hand-coloured aquatints, 4 of them folding. With the Tiffany-engraved bookplate of 'William Hartmann Woodin' to the front pastedown. There are some minor offsetting here and there, but an exceptional copy in a lovely binding. FIRST EDITION. This famous publication is one of those cornerstone pieces of Regency printing often emulated but never bettered. Ackermann was sufficiently pleased with the work that he would occasionally claim it as his own. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Westminster Abbey & St. Margarets. 2. St. James's Palace. 3. Carleton House. 4. Carlton House (folding plate.) 5. The Staircase at Carlton House (folding plate.) 6. The Conservatory at Carlton House (folding plate.) 7. Warwick House, the Residence of Her Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales. 8. View of the Temple of Concord, in the Green Park...(folding plate.) 9. View of the Bridge & Pagoda, St. James's Park...(folding plate.) 10. The Bason in the Green Park, St. James. 11. St. Stephen's Chapel & Speaker's House from Westminster Bridge. 12. St. John's Church - Westminster, from the river. 13. St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. 14. St. Clement Danes. 15. St. James's Square. 16. North Side of Grosvenor Square. 17. Berkeley Square. 18. Landsdowne House, Berkeley Square. 19. Portman Square, North Side. 20. Manchester Square, North Side. 21. Cavendish Square, North Side. 22. George Street, Hanover Square. 23. Soho Square. 24. Leicester Square, from Leicester Place. 25. Lincolns Inn Fields, coming in from Great Charlotte Street. 26. Queen Square. 27. New Drury Lane Theatre. 28. Theatre Royal Covent Garden, from Bow Street. 29. Saloon to the Private Boxes. Covent Garden Theatre. 30. Montague House - now the British Museum. 31. British Museum. New Building. 32. Somerset House and the New Church, Strand, taken from the Morning Post Office. 33. The Hall at the Royal Academy, Somerset House. 34. Russell Institution, Great Coram Street. 35. The Pantheon. 36. Bullock's Museum, 22 Piccadilly. [interior] 37. Bullock's Museum, Piccadilly. [exterior] 38. The Banqueting House. 39. Whitehall Chapel. 40. Whitehall Yard (from the street opposite the Horse Guards.) 41. A View of Whitehall & The Horse Guards. 42. Charing Cross, looking up the Strand. 43. Buckingham Stairs Water Gate, from the River. 44. Royal Menagerie, Exeter Change, Strand. 45. Portland Place. 46. Oxford Street & Entrance to Stafford Place. 47. Tyburn Turnpike. 48. View of Piccadilly, from Hyde Park Corner Turnpike. 49. Tottenham Court Road Turnpike & St. James's Chapel. 50. View of Cornhill, Lombard Street & Mansion House. 51. Guildhall. 52. Bank of England, from Lothbury. 53. South View of the Bank. 54. Interior View of the Bank. 55. Royal Exchange. 56. A North View of the India House, Leadenhall Street. 57. St. Paul's Cathedral, West Front. 58. St. Stephen's Church. Walbrook. 59. Christ Church - Spitalfields. 60. St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch. 61. View of St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet Street. 62. Town Hall. Southwark. 63. Auction Mart Coffee Room. 64. The Hall of the Auction Mart. 65. The London Commercial Sale Rooms, Mark Lane. 66. Cheapside. 67. Mercer's Hall. 68. Ironmonger Hall. 69. Bridge Street, Blackfriars. 70. Blackfriar's Bridge, from the Strand Bridge. 71. View of London Bridge. 72. The New Custom House. 73. The Monument. 74. Lunatic Hospital of St. Luke's. 75. The Old Bailey. 76. Cold Bath Fields Prison.