A SERIES OF TWENTY-FOUR VIEWS ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, WITH 24 VIBRANT FOLIO HAND-COLORED AQUATINT VIEWS
CLARKE, J.; AINSLIE, Robert. A Series of Twenty-Four Views Illustrative of the Holy Scriptures. [London]: R. Bowyer, circa 1817. Small slim folio (9 by 12 inches), contemporary green three-quarter morocco gilt, marbled boards with paper label on front cover, all edges gilt. $2800.
First edition of this selection of Middle Eastern views, with 24 elaborately hand-colored aquatint plates engraved by J. Clarke after drawings collected by Sir Robert Ainslie, in contemporary marbled boards.
While Sir Robert Ainslie was England's ambassador to Turkey at Constantinople from 1776 until 1792 he amassed a collection of original drawings by Luigi Mayer. The present work reproduces, by means of vividly hand-colored folio aquatints, views made by Mayer in 24 important Biblical locations from the Old and New Testaments. Text watermarked 1805; plates watermarked 1816. Abbey, Travel 382. Owner ink inscription on title page, dated 1858.
Occasional marginal spotting, plates generally fine, hand-coloring vivid. Text block expertly recased, with later endpapers; light expert restoration to binding. A very good copy in attractive contemporary morocco gilt binding.