Tour Of The Grand Junction, Illustrated In A Series Of Engravings;




Printed for J. Hassell, 27, Richard-Street, Islington.






With an historical and topographical description of those parts of the counties of middlesex, hertfordshire, buckinghamshire, bedfordshire, and northamptonshire, through which the canal passes.

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8.25 x 5.25 inches. viii + 147 + [1] pp. + [4] pp. index and list of plates. Bound in contemporary decorated calf; boards with blind and gilt tooling, with lozenges enclosing gilt block; spine well rebacked in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt. All edges gilt. Extremities a little worn and some foxing and browning, but plates are clean in this very good copy. Two printed ownership labels on front pastedown. Illustrated by 23 hand coloured aquatint plates, including frontispiece. COPY LACKS PLATE P. 138, NOT BOUND IN. The Grand Junction Canal was built 1793-1805 From Brentford on the River Thames to Braunston in Northants, to improve the links between London and the Midlands, bypassing the difficult reaches of the Thames in the Oxford area. At the time of writing fashionable London society would travel along it as far as Uxbridge to admire the picturesque scenery along the route. This may have provided a market for the sale of this superbly illustrated guidebook by John Hassell (c.1767-1825), landscape painter and writer on the art of drawing in watercolour. A fine binding with hand coloured plates in good condition, although lacking one called for. (Abbey, Scenery, 30).

[Stock No. 27532]

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