Britton, John - Britton, John  Graphical and literary illustrations of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire

Britton, John - Britton, John Graphical and literary illustrations of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire

1823 London

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Graphical and literary illustrations of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire ; with heraldic and genealogical notices of the Beckford family.
London, for the author 1823.
4to. (5) + pp vi-viii + pp (5)-68 (complete thus), (4)pp list of subscribers, (4)pp adverts for books by Britton, 11 engraved plates (of which 2 are coloured aquatints).Recent boards. Some offsetting from plate VI (the frontispiece) to plate XI (the engraved title leaf), and a little light spotting elsewhere, as usual with this book, but generally a respectable copy.
Britton's book on William Beckford's extravagant Gothic mansion, published almost contemporaneously with John Rutter's more celebrated Delineations of Fonthill, is illustrated by a series of accurate engraved plates from drawings by George Cattermole, Henry Shaw and others, and these are useful additions to the illustrations provided by Rutter. Britton's text is perhaps most interesting for the light it sheds on the book's publishing history and on Britton's own attitude to Beckford and to Fonthill. The present copy is one of five hundred small paper copies (there were also six folio copies and three hundred large paper ones). BAL Cat 416. Millington p.109.
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