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A Superb copy of Ackermann's - The Microcosm of London; Or, London in Miniature.

A Superb copy of Ackermann's - The Microcosm of London; Or, London in Miniature.

Date posted: 22nd September 2018

1808-1810. Near fine, 1st ed, early issue, 3 vols, complete 104 hand coloured plates, half titles & engraved dedication leaves.
In half brown morocco over purple cloth by Zaehnsdorf, gilt tooling, corners rubbed. Spines, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling & titles. Internally, red marbled endpapers, binders stamp to verso fep, each Vol with its half title, woodcut tp & engraved dedication leaf, a.e.g.
Vol 1, [1], (ii-iv), [3], 4-231 pp, 32 hand coloured aquatints. V2, [3], (iv-vi), [2], [1], 2-239 pp, 32 coloured pls. V3, [3], (iv) only, [2], [1], 2-280 pp, [6] index & errata, 40 coloured pls. Plates dated 1808/1809 & 1 1810, some watermarked J Whatman 1808 or W Balston 1809. Text leaves watermarked L&D 1807/1808 or Whatman 1806/07. Engraved dedication trimmed at foot shaving imprint, occasional offsetting. Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London. A lovely copy, clean, wide margins, London as it was. (Folio, 268*324 mm). (Abbey Scenery 212, Tooley 7,). Architecture by Pugin & the Manners & Customs by Rowlandson (Lowndes 1543).
Originally issued in 26 monthly parts, each with 4 plates. 1000 sets are said to have been issued (parts), but probably increased when the bound later impressions are included to near 5,000.