The Picturesque Beauties Of Great Britain: Illustrated By Topographical, Historical, And Critical Notices;.


Bound in original black morocco, decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers. Extremities worn and some widespread foxing of both letterpress and plates, the latter largely confined to margins. Small tears to map and one plate neatly repaired; otherwise a good copy.



George Virtue, 26, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row.,






Combining every interesting object, ancient and modern, from an elaborate survey, and original designs taken upon the spot. kent.
[engraved title: virtue's picturesque beauties of great britain: series of views, by the most approved artists, taken expressly for tis work, messrs. g. shepherd, h. gastineau, etc. etc. comprising the principal cities and towns; public edifices and dock yards; seats of the nobility and gentry; hospitals, churches, castellated and monastic ruins, etc. accompanied by historical and biographical notices].

Item Description

4to. 9 x 11 inches. [2] + ii + 130 pp.


Illustrated by full page frontispiece of Canterbury Cathedral, engraved title with steel engraved vignette, folding engraved map (opposite the letterpress title) and by 62 pages of plates with 124 steel engraved plates, printed two to a page, largely the work of George Shepherd (1765?-1831) and Henry Gastineau (1791-1876).


The principal engraved view book of 19th century Kentish topography. Only the Kent and Essex (by Thomas Wright) volumes of the Picturesque Beauties of Great Britain seem to have appeared. George Virtue (1793?-1868) founded a London publishing house which specialised in printing engraved works.

[Stock No. 23697]


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