BUSBY, CHARLES AUGUSTIN. 1786-1834.
A Collection of Designs for Modern Embellishments Suitable to Parlours, Dining & Drawing Rooms, Folding Doors, Chimney Pieces, Varandas, Frizes, &c. London: Edward Lumley [-J. Taylor], [paper watermarked 1834].
Oblong 4to (210 x 265 mm). Engraved throughout: hand-colored title, 24 aquatint plates (of which 14 are hand-colored). Original cloth, upper cover with gilt glazed-paper label. Title lightly toned, front free endpaper creased, rebacked, rubbed.
Busby "exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1801, entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1803, and won the gold medal four years later. Two volumes of designs by Busby followed in 1808: A Series of Designs for Villas and Country Houses and A Collection of Designs for Modern Embellishments. Bingham called the latter 'one of the prettiest pattern books produced during the Regency' (Bingham, 32), and they brought the young unknown several commissions" (ODNB). A decade later, he traveled to America where he received just one commission, for the Bolingbroke Theatre, in Petersburg, Virginia. Later, he and Amon Henry Wilds were responsible for much of the development of Regency Brighton on England's south coast.