BOYDELL, JOHN and JOSIAH, publishers.
A Set of Prints Engraved after the Most Capital Paintings in the Collection of Her Imperial Majesty The Empress of Russia, Lately in the Possession of the Earl of Orford at Houghton in Norfolk. London: Boydell, 1788.
2 volumes. Folio (675 x 430 mm). Letterpress lists of plates with text in English and French, engraved frontispiece portraits of Catherine II and of Robert Walpole, engraved titles, engraved dedication, 28 engraved plans, elevations and interiors of Houghton Hall on 19 sheets, and 129 plates on 105 sheets. Period straight-grained morocco elaborately blocked in gilt and blind. Portraits and engraved titles and dedication foxed, some scattered foxing throughout but most plates clean and bright, covers detatched and bindings heavily rubbed and chipped with a few tape repairs.
Provenance: M. Attwood (armorial bookplate volume 2).
FIRST EDITION. Boydell's record of the collection of paintings formed by Sir Robert Walpole at Houghton Hall, the majority of which were purchased at auction in 1779 by Empress Catherine II of Russia, to whom the work is dedicated. With engravings or mezzotints from paintings by Bartolozzi, Boydell, Farington, Earlom, Green, Fittler, Heath and others, after Rembrandt, Poussin, Claude, Leonardo, Caracci, Rubens, Titian and others.