A History of the University of Cambridge, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings.

London: Rudolf Ackermann, 1815.

Price: $4,000.00


About the item

First Edition. 2 frontispieces and 63 hand-colored aquatints, 15 hand-colored line and stipple engravings of of academic costume, 16 hand-colored line and stipple engraved portraits of founders, uncolored stipple engraved portrait, after Pugin; half-titles; Mackenzie, Westall, et. al; xii+[ii]+296+[6]; [iv]+324+[8] pp. 2 vols. 4to (trimmed to 13 x 10-3/4 inches). 19th Century straight-grained red morocco with gilt borders on cover and spine and compartments with flattened raised bands, dentelles, some rubbing around the edges; aeg; some spotting to earlier pages in each volume, slight offsetting, plate 15 with small closed tear to bottom of page, and waterstaining to first few and last few leaves of first volume. Tooley 4; Abbey Scenery 80; Lowndes p. 355.

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A classic book justly famous for its magnificent plates. The plates in this copy are good strong impressions, with intense color.

1,000 copies were printed and issued in 20 monthly parts, appearing first in May 1814. The portraits of Founders were printed separately to be bound in if desired. When the work was completed it was issued in two volumes, the Founders plates being optional. Ackermann's Cambridge is less readily obtainable than his corresponding Oxford set.