WITH 24 EXQUISITE HAND-COLORED FOLIO AQUATINT ENGRAVINGS OF PARIS AND THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE: ACKERMAN’S PICTURESQUE TOUR OF THE SEINE, 1821 FIRST EDITION
(FRANCE) (ACKERMANN, Rudolph) SAUVAN, [Jean-Baptiste-Balthazar]. Picturesque Tour of the Seine, from Paris to the Sea. London: R. Ackermann, 1821. Folio (11 by 13-1/2 inches), contemporary dark green polished calf gilt rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spine laid down marbled endpapers and edges. $8800.
First edition of this lovely tour of the Seine from Paris to Havre de Grace, with hand-colored vignette title page and 24 beautiful folio aquatint views of the river and surrounding countryside after drawings by Augustus Charles Pugin and John Gendall, very finely and vividly hand-colored.
In the history of book production "there is no more attractive figure than that of Rudolph Ackermann, through whose extraordinary enterprise and spirit of adventure, aquatint was successfully applied to the illustration of books" (Prideaux, 120-23). One of Ackermann's most lucrative projects was his remarkable Picturesque Tours, a series of seven books produced between 1820-28. This is his Picturesque Tour of the Seine, first issued in six monthly parts, with 24 beautifully hand-colored aquatints after paintings and drawings by renowned landscape artists Augustus Charles Pugin and John Gendall. The plates were pulled and hand-colored in the Ackermann studio, whose reputation for producing splendid illustrated publications and disseminating fine aquatint prints spanned over two centuries. Issued simultaneously with a very scarce large-paper issue of only 50 copies. With hand-colored map and hand-colored vignette on final leaf of text. Abbey, Travel 90. Tooley 445. Prideaux, 351, 375. Engraved bookplate.
Plates clean, hand-coloring vivid. Contemporary calf-gilt lovingly restored. A lovely copy of this splendid plate book.