Picturesque Views Of Ramsgate, With Descriptions By H. Moses..
Bound in early half red morocco, over blue stiff card boards with original paper label; spine in compartments with gilt bands. Light foxing and water staining of plates confined to margins; otherwise a very good copy. 1864 signature on first free endpaper and 1903 gift inscription on front pastedown.
RARE VIEWS OF RAMSGATE
H. Moses, 6, Upper-Thornhaugh-Street, Bedford -Square.,
To which is prefixed an historical account of ramsgate.
FIRST EDITION, 8 pp.
Illustrated by folding plan of Ramsgate Harbour and 23 copper engraved plates by Henry Moses, each accompanied by descriptive letterpress page.
Henry Moses (1782-1870) was a superb draughtsman who became the foremost engraver of his day. His 'picture' of Ramsgate was his first book and is his only strictly topographical work. It was printed just three years after the completion of Smeaton's new harbour. The delightfully detailed and crisp views of the buildings of the town, but more especially the harbour and its shipping, 'are distinguished for the purity and correctness of the drawing' (DNB). The animated streets with their carts and fashionable figures show the Georgian architecture at its best. It is without doubt the most charming of Kentish port guides. On the plan of the harbour is marked the exact spot and direction from which each view was drawn.
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