ACKERMANN'S SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF OXFORD
ACKERMANN, Rudolph. A History of the University of Oxford, Its Colleges, Halls and Public Buildings. London: for R. Ackermann, 1814. Two volumes. Folio (12 by 14 inches), contemporary three-quarter brown morocco sympathetically rebacked, raised bands, black morocco spine labels, marbled boards, endpapers and edges.
First edition of this illustrated history of Oxford University, with 115 superb hand-colored aquatint plates, in contemporary marbled boards. This copy includes the additional series of 33 hand-colored engraved portraits of the Founders—not always present—which were printed and issued separately, to be bound up with the rest of the work if desired.
The celebrated fine-arts publisher's magisterial history of one of academia's most venerable institutions boasts a stipple-engraved portrait of Chancellor Grenville and 114 hand-colored aquatint plates (the 17 Costume plates and the 33 portraits of the Founders are line- and stipple-engraved), after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie, Nash, Turner and Reynolds. "The fine aquatints, with their somewhat old-world flavor, are well suited to reproduce the spirit and to recall the antique associations of the old quads and courts" (Prideaux). First state of the list of plates (without the Founders). Most plates in second state, watermarked 1812. Abbey, Scenery, 280. Tooley 5. Bookplates.
Some faint offsetting from plates to text, as usual. An attractive copy of this exquisite hand-colored plate book.