History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster, the
London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. Highest Praise" For Ackermann's Colleges "Equals, If Not Surpasses, That of Oxford and Cambridge" [ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ's Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. First edition, early issue. Large quarto (13 1/8 x 11 inches; 334 x 280 mm.). vi, [1, "Arrangement of Plates"], [1, blank], 56; 72; 27, [1, blank]; 32; 34; 22; 40; 34; 43, [1, blank] pp. With forty-eight hand-colored plates (forty-five aquatint and three engraved), including four costume plates and forty-four views by Havell, Stadler, Bluck, and others, after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and others. Second state of Plate 6 ("Winchester College, from the Meadow"), dated "Jany. 1, 1816"; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's, second state of Plate 26 ("Charter House"), lettered by means of a printed overslip "Charter House/from the Play Ground", depicting two washerwomen with a basket laying out linen on the lawn. Text watermarked 1812, plates watermarked 1812 and 1816. Abbey's first state of Plate 6 ("Winchester College, from the Meadow"), dated "Jany. 1, 1815"; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's second state of Plate 26 ("Charter House, from the Play Ground") with overslip), depicting thirteen boys and masters playing cricket (instead of washerwomen). Occasional offsetting from the plates to the text. the absolute bare minimum of offset from text to the sky on four plates (Eton College; St. Paul's School; View of the Southern Schools & Dormitories, Rugby School; & The Head Master's House, Rugby School). Some spotting to text on gatherings C & G of Christ's Hospital (pp. 9-16 & 41-44 & list of plates). Contemporary diced russia, covers elaborately decorated in gilt and blind. Expertly re-backed, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, black morocco label lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled end-papers, marbled edges. Corners expertly repaired. Armorial bookplate of Samuel Ryland on front paste-down. Housed in a twentieth century, morocco edged brown cloth slipcase. An excellent example, with early watermarks, early issue points and in a very attractive contemporary binding. "[Ackermann's History of the University of Oxford (1813) and History of the University of Cambridge (1814)] were fittingly followed by a History of the Colleges..Of this also a thousand copies were issued in monthly parts, the first appearing on January 1, 1816..The text, with the exception of the parts dealing with Winchester, Eton, and Harrow (the work of W.H. Pyne), were entirely written by Combe, and the same artists were employed in its decoration, the highest praise for which is that it equals, if not surpasses, that of Oxford and Cambridge. The original drawings for the forty-eight coloured plates were distributed among Westall, who executed fifteen, and Pugin and Mackenzie, who did fourteen each, while one is by J. Gendall, who besides illustrating Ackermann's publications was employed for some years in managing his business, particularly in developing the new art of lithography. The actual engraving was done by Havell and Stadler, with a few plates by Bluck and Bennett, and four line engravings of costume by Agar after Uwins. Here again it may be noticed that many of the aquatints are printed in two colours before being finished by hand" (Martin Hardie). Samuel Ryland (1764-1843) of Bearley and Sherborne was the father of Louisa Ann Ryland (1814-1889) who was the single greatest philanthropist in the history of Birmingham, England. Abbey, Scenery, 440. Adams, London Illustrated, 116. Martin Hardie, pp. 106-107. Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332. Tooley 3. .
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