SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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MADDOX, Willes.
Views of Lansdown Tower, Bath.

Bath: E. English, and London: T. McLean, 1844.
Abbey Scenery 420; Christine Thomson 'The Exotic and the Beautiful' 682; Bobins II 682.
Bath: E. English, and London: T. McLean, 1844.

Large folio pp. [iv including lithographic dedication] 10 with chromolithographic title mounted on card six tinted lithographic illustrations in the text and 13 tinted hand coloured and partly varnished lithographic plates mounted on 12 cards with tissue guards present; only marginal minimal spotting; original publisher's red half morocco over cloth-covered boards front cover lettered in gilt a little rubbed and spotted re-backed. This copy has the lithographic title without imprint and year the list of subscribers is only hinted at in a pencil inscription on the rear fly-leaf and there are a few manuscript corrections and marks to the text. On the verso of the leaf 'To the Reader' is a lithographed facsimile of a William Beckford letter not mentioned by Abbey. As well not in the bibliographic description is a woodcut of Beckford's tomb stone at the end of the text underneath which is pasted an autograph note in ink signed by William Bright concerning Beckford's interment in Lansdown Tower. After selling the gothic Fonthill Beckford built Lansdown Tower in the latest Italianate style to house his later collections; four of the plates illustrate some of the objets d'art including ceramics ivories and metalware besides furniture. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. View of Tower. 2. Exterior of Landsdown Tower. 3. The Vestibule. 4. The Scarlet Drawing Room. 5. The Staircase. 6. View of the Belvidere. 7. Objects of Vertu No.1, in Mr. Beckford's Collection. 8. The Sanctuary. 9. The Crimson Drawing Room. 10. Black Cabinet in Crimson Drawing Room. 11. Objects of Vertu No2, in Mr. Beckford's Collection. 12. The Library. 13. Objects of Vertu No3, in Mr. Beckford's Collection. 14. Ornamental Furniture in Mr. Beckford's Collection.