“CORNERSTONE OF ANY COLLECTION OF COLOR-PLATE BOOKS”
(ACKERMANN, Rudolph) (PUGIN, Augustus Charles and ROWLANDSON, Thomas) [PYNE, William Henry and COMBE, William]. The Microcosm of London. London, 1808-10. Three volumes.
First edition in book form, with most plates in the earliest states, of this splendid visual “treasure-house” of Regency London life, Ackermann’s first and most famous color-plate book, with three wood-engraved title pages, three copper-engraved dedication leaves and 104 magnificent hand-colored aquatint plates after Rowlandson and Pugin. A beautiful copy in full morocco-gilt by Frank Lawrence Embree. $16,500.