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Creator:
Combe, William, 1742-1823, author.
Title:
The history of the abbey church of St. Peter's Westminster : its antiquities and monuments.
Alternate Title(s):
History of St. Peter's Westminster.
Westminster Abbey and the monuments.
Published/Created:
London : Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 373, Strand, 1812.
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color), plans, portraits ; 36 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A D 77 Copy 1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Folio A D 77 Copy 2
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Folio A D 77 Copy 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Folio A D 77 Copy 4
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Folio A D 77 Copy 5
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Folio A D 77 Copy 6
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Text by William Combe. Cf. BLC.
Dedication signed: R. Ackermann.
Illustrations include 1 plan, 1 stipple engraved portrait of William Vincent, Dean of Westminster, 1 line engraving, and 80 hand colored aquatints
Plates engraved by John Bluck, Henry Hoppner Meyer, Samuel Mitan, Thomas Sutherland, J. Hamble, Frederick Christian Lewis, James Hopwood, and Thomas Williamson; after Augustus Mackenzie, William Johnstone White, H. Villiers, Thomas Uwins, George Sydney Shepherd, and James Robert Thompson.
Half-title: The history of St. Peter's Westminster.
Volume. 2 has added engraved title page: Westminster Abbey and the monuments. Forming a companion and continuation of the Microcosm of London. Published at R. Ackermann's Repository of arts ... in sixteen monthly numbers.
Plate 4, the added engraved title page of volume 2, is known to exist in two states. In one state it is signed: F. Mackenzie delt; in the other: A. Pugin delt. Cf. Abbey.
Includes indexes.
"List of subscribers.": p. [vii]-xiii in v. 1.
"Arrangement of the plates.": [2] pages bound in volume 1.
Abbey, J.R. Scenery, 213
Abbey, J.R. Scenery, 214
British Coloured Books, 62
Tooley, R.V. Coloured plates, 2
Lady Walpole and Horace Walpole: v. 2, p. 157-158, and plate.
LWL 646 812 Ac5: Scribner's Dec. 1952 [with other Ackermann vols.]
BAC: British Art Center has 6 copies. Copy 1 is the Abbey copy (Scenery 213). Bound in contemporary blue morocco; gilt tooled. Binder's ticket: Bound by C. Smith, 13 Church Street, Soho. Bookplate: Thomas Maude. Another later owner's bookplate: Brackenburn. First plate in the second volume, 'Aymer de Valance', is signed: A Pugin delt. usually considered as a point proving second or later issue than when signed: F. Mackenzie.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 is a presentation copy from Rucolph Ackermann to Empress Mariia Feodorovna & has a specially calligaphed leaf of presenation. It is bound in bold-stamped blue morocco with green watered silk endpapers. Binder's ticket: C. Hering, 10 St. Martin's Street.
BAC: British Art Center copy 3 bound in contemporary calf; gilt tooled. First plate in the second volume, 'Aymer de Valance', is signed: A Pugin delt. usually considered as a point proving second or later issue than when signed: F. Mackenzie.
BAC: British Art Center copy 4 is the Abbey copy (Scenery 214) has the engraved title page to volume 2 signed in error: Mackenzie, thus proving this to be an earlier issue than copies 1-3. Binding is as described in Abbey, and is very similar to copy 2. Binder's ticket: Bound by Hering, 9 Newman Street.
BAC: British Art Center copy 5 is in original 20 parts, with wrappers. Subscriber's note in part 8 states that whereas the original design was that the work "should be completed in sixteen numbers ... it will be extended to 20 numbers" (See Tooley, who states that the work was issued in 16 parts). Subscribers notes are also issued in parts 10, 12, 19 & 20 & inserted advertisement leaves are present in parts 12, 14 & 15.
BAC: British Art Center copy 6 has no text; it contains some of the original drawings and some proof plates before they were aquatinted. The volume has the autograph of Arthur Ackermann.
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Subject Terms:
Brackenburn -- Bookplate.
Deverall, John Croft -- Bookplate.
Hering -- Binder.
Hering, C. -- Binder.
Maude, Thomas -- Bookplate.
Smith, C. -- Binder.
Westminster Abbey -- History.
Form/Genre:
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1812.
Engravings -- 1812.
Stipple engravings -- 1812.
Contributors:
Ackermann, Rudolph, 1764-1834, publisher.
Bluck, John (Printmaker) engraver.
Hamble, J. R., engraver.
Harrison & Leigh, printer.
Hopwood, James, approximately 1752-1819, engraver.
Lewis, Frederick Christian, 1779-1856, engraver.
Mackenzie, Frederick, 1787 or 1788-1854, illustrator.
Meyer, Henry Hoppner, 1783-1847, engraver.
Mitan, Samuel, 1786-1843, engraver.
Owen, William, 1769-1825, illustrator.
Pugin, Augustus, 1762-1832, illustrator.
Shepherd, George, approximately 1782-approximately 1830, illustrator.
Thompson, James Robert, 1784 or 1785-1855, illustrator.
Uwins, Thomas, 1782-1857, illustrator.
White, William Johnstone, illustrator.
Williamson, Thomas, active 1800-1832, engraver.
Sutherland, Thomas, approximately 1785-approximately 1825, engraver.
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