“EDINA! SCOTIA’S DARLING SEAT! ALL HAIL THY PALACES AND TOWERS” (BURNS): SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF SWARBRECK’S SKETCHES IN SCOTLAND, WITH 25 LOVELY ELEPHANT FOLIO LITHOGRAPHS
SWARBRECK, Samuel Dukinfield. Sketches in Scotland. London: Printed at C. Hullmandel and Published by the Author, 1839. Elephant folio (15 by 21 inches), original half black morocco. $4500.
First edition, with tinted lithograph title page and 24 lovely large tinted lithographs of views, street scenes and antiquities of Scotland, mostly in Edinburgh and the lowlands, after sketches made by Swarbreck during his 1837 tour.
Printer and lithographer Charles Joseph Hullmandel pioneered the use of the then-new process of lithography in England. "Among the many artists who availed themselves of his processes for the reproduction of their drawings were Stanfield, David Roberts, Haghe, Nash, and Cattermole" (DNB). The lithographs he made from Swarbreck's sketches show his masterly use of gradations of tones and highlights that give the appearance of soft watercolor washes so suited to landscape painting. Abbey, Scenery 492.
Very faint marginal dampstaining and only slight pinpoint spotting to lovely plates, light wear and soiling to binding. An exceptionally good copy. Scarce.