London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1824; 1825.
First edition, one of approximately 25 copies on card. 84 hand-colored aquatints printed ON CARD. [ii], 90; [iv], 65,  . Volumes 7 & 8 only. 2 vols. Folio. King Louis Philippe I’s Copy on Card in a Simier Binding. Contemporary violet morocco, covers ruled in gilt with central panel surrounding the arms of King Louis Philippe I, Duc d’Orleans, a.e.g., by Simier (ticket on verso of front free endpaper). Light rubbing to bindings, else fine Abbey, Scenery, 16; Tooley 177, Sutton #28: Provenance: King Louis Philippe I, Duc d’Orleans, (his arms in gilt on the covers, his stamp and stamp of his library at Chateau Nueilly on the title-page). Item #262722
The final two volumes of “The most important book on British Topography” (Tooley), presenting views of the south coast of England and Wales, bound in full violet morocco by Simier for the King of France, Louis-Phillipe, Duc d’Orleans. Chateau Neuilly, where these volumes resided, was confiscated by Napoleon III after being burned and pillaged during the Revolution of 1848. An incomplete set, lacking vols. 5 & 6, in an armorial binding of violet morocco is listed in the catalogue of Louis Philippe’s library sale in 1852 (cf. Catalogue de livres provenant des bibliothèques du feu roi Louis-Philippe, no. 1629). In 1827 William Daniell, painted a scene of the grounds of Chateau Neuilly and later issued a print of a scene of the King’s Paris residence, the Palais Royal.
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