Picturesque Views On The Southern Coast Of England.




John and Arthur Arch, Cornhill,






From drawings made principally by j.m.w. turner and engraved by w.b., george cooke, and other eminent engravers.

Item Description

FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes bound in one, 4to. 9.5 x 12 inches, with 80 fine copper engraved plates each with several leaves of text. Bound in full contemporary dark blue crushed morocco expertly re-backed re-useing the original spine which is divided into compartments decorated with elaborate gilt tooling and gilt titles. Some slight loss to the gilt decor of the spine but a handsome copy. The boards are panelled with a wide decorative border in gilt all the edges are gilded. This copy is free from foxing, and exceptionally clean throughout, a fine copy in an attractive binding. The great landscape artist's personal view of the Southern coast of England from Cornwall to the Thames. Turner was particularly taken by the coast of Kent for its fine Channel skies and its association with the notorious smuggling trade, indeed he paid particular attention to the latter in several of his drawings. The Kent coast is displayed in sixteen views from Hythe, to Folkestone, Dover, Walmer and Deal, Ramsgate and Margate and round to Whitstable. Now rare to find the complete work particularly in a copy which is free of foxing. The work was issued in parts between 1816 and 1826 and was highly influential in awakening the public to the glories of the British coast and is recognised as one of the finest illustrated books published at this time. Much of Turner's fame was won by the distribution of this work, and it became a model for several imitators but the care and detailed supervision of the engravings by Turner himself was difficult to match.

[Stock No. 26918]

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