ACKERMANN (RUDOLPH) The Microcosm of London, 3. vol.
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LONDON ACKERMANN (RUDOLPH) The Microcosm of London, 3. vol.
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ACKERMANN (RUDOLPH) The Microcosm of London, 3. vol., first edition, half-titles, woodcut titles, engraved dedication leaves, 104 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Rowlandson and Pugin, small chips to upper edge of H2, bookplate of C.L. D'Olier, contemporary calf, uncut and partially unopened, rebacked preserving original spines, later morocco spine labels [Abbey, Scenery 212; Tooley 7], 4to, T. Bensley, 1808-1810


  • "One of the great colour-plate books, and a carefully selected copy should form the corner stone of any collection of books on this subject" (Tooley).

    First edition, with the text in first state, the errata entirely uncorrected, and the watermarks, contents leaf and plate numbering all as required by Abbey. The title-pages accord with Tooley in both the printing of the volume numbers and the point in relation to the comma after Bensley. At least eight, perhaps ten, of the fifteen points required for first state plates set out in Tooley are met, with plates 3, 4, 28[29], and 39 being second state, and plate 91 being third state (as often, the points in relation to plates 12 and 21 are unclear).
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