WITH 40 SPLENDID HAND-COLORED AQUATINT COSTUME PLATES, INCLUDING “THE FIRST ENGLISH PLATE TO SHOW A STEAM ENGINE”
(WALKER, G.). The Costume of Yorkshire, Illustrated by a Series of Forty Engravings, being Fac-Similes of Original Drawings, with Descriptions in English and French. London: Printed by T. Bensley for Longman, Hurst, et al., 1814. Folio (10 by 14 1/2 inches), contemporary full black straight-grain morocco, gilt-decorated spine, Greek-key gilt cover borders, raised bands, all edges gilt. $3600.
First edition, with 40 beautiful fully hand-colored aquatint plates, including “the first English plate to show a steam engine” (plate 3; Tooley 498).
The plates depict individuals and groups in traditional garb engaged in work, leisure and military activities, with detailed colored backgrounds. Without final leaf of descriptive text for the "Jockies" plate, and without frontispiece (called for by Tooley).
Front joint and headcap expertly repaired. Only minor occasional soiling. A lovely copy with rich color.