London: Printed by Bulmer & Co. for John & Josiah Boydell , George and W.Nicol, 1802.
81 [of 100] Plates after Fuseli, Reynolds, Westall, Ibbetson, Boydell, Stothard, et al. 8 vols. Folio (16-1/2 x 13 inches). Bound in half contemporary pebbled brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt spine, t.e.g. A little scuffed, some scattered foxing (only occasionally affecting plates), usual offsetting from plates, else a very good set. Bookplate of Samuel Bancroft and Alfred Byers. Jaggard, p. 508. Item #38072
This set contains Boydell's series of large copper plates that were engraved after a number of well known contemporary artists. A type foundary, an Ink factory and a printing plant were all erected especially for the production of this edition, which actually began to be issued serially in 1791, despite the 1802 imprint.
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