SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ACKERMANN, Rudolph. (pub)
The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton and Westminster, with the Charter House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-school of Christ's Hospital.

London: R. Ackermann, 1816.
Abbey Scenery 438; Adams London Illustrated 116; Martin Hardie pp.106-107; Prideaux pp. 126 & 332; Tooley 3; Bobins II 607.
London: R. Ackermann, 1816.

FIRST EDITION. Large 4to vi [1 blank] pp. With 48 hand -coloured plates (45 aquatint and 3 engraved) including 4 costume plates and the others. Front cover decoratively tooled in gilt spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands gilt edges and turn-ins top edge gilt. "Cockerell" marbled endpapers. Bookplate removed from front pastedown. Occasional very light offsetting from the plates to the text. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe c. 1950. Excellent example of this work. 4 costume plates and 44 views by Havell, Stadler, Bluck and others, after Westall, MacKenzie, Pugin and others. Inscription to prelim reads: "Presented to St. Pauls Schools by K.B. Schley, 1929". *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: Winchester College. 1. Frontis. Winchester College Entrance, with the Warden's House. 2. Nave of Winchester Cathedral, with William of Wykeham's Tomb. 3. Winchester College, from the Warden's Garden. 4. Winchester College Chapel, from the Great Court. 5. Cloisters of Winchester College. 6. Winchester College, from the Meadow. 7. Winchester College Chapel. 8. Library of Winchester College. 9. School Room of Winchester College. 10. Winchester Scholar. Eton College. 11. Eton College from the River. 12. Eton College. Great Court. 13. Cloisters of Eton College. 14. Eton College Chapel. 15. Ante-Chapel of Eton College. 16. Eton College Chapel. 17. Eton School Room. 18. Hall of Eton College. 19. Eton College Library. 20. Eton Scholar. Westminster School. 21. Westminster Scholar. 22. Hall of Westminster School. 23. Westminster School Room. 24. Dormitory of Westminster School. Charterhouse School. 25.Charter House from the Square. 26. Charter House from the Play Ground. 27. Hall of Charter House. 28. Dr. Fisher's Apartments, Charter House. 29. Charter House School Room. St. Paul's School. 30. St. Paul's School. 31. The School Room of St. Paul's. Merchant Taylors' School. 32. The Merchant Taylors' School Room. 33. Examination Room of Merchant Taylors' School. Free-School of Harrow. 34. Harrow Church & School from near the Cricket Grounds. 35. Interior of Harrow Church. 36. Harrow School Room. 37. Harrow School. 38. First Master's House, Harrow School. Rugby School. 39. View of Rugby School from the Northampton Road. 40. View of the Southern Schools & Dormitories of Rugby School - from the Play Ground. 41. The Head master's House. Rugby School. 42. Great School Room of Rugby. 43. View from the Quadrangle. Rugby School. Christ's Hospital. 44. Hall of Christ Hospital. 45. Writing School, Christ Hospital. 46. Grammar School of Christ Hospital. 47. Interior of Christ Church. 48. A Scholar of Christ Hospital.