Lawson, John Parker
- Scotland Delineated A Series of Views of the Principal Cities and Towns, Particularly of Edinburgh and Its Environs; Of the Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Other Monastic Remains; The Castles and Baronial Mansions; The Mountains and Rivers, Sea-Coast, and Other Grand and Picturesque Scenery.
Day and Sons, London, nd. [1850's].
Folio; hardcover; 285 pages. Scattered foxing throughout, particularly heavy behind plates and on pages opposite rear of plates. Gilt on text block edges shows some wear, but is still good. Has been sympathetically rebound at some stage with new endpapers supplied. Front cover is decorated with gilt coat of arms and gilt corners, with gilt-decorated spine. Rear board has a stain at top left corner. Boards are considerably worn, corners bent and lower edges frayed. Spine and gilt corners are peeling back. Interior is sound except for a few repaired pages. The many tinted plates came from drawings made expressly for this work. Overall very good. "From drawings made by Sir William Allan, Clarkson Stanfield, George Cattermole, W.L. Leitch, Thomas Creswick, David Roberts, J.D. Harding, Joseph Nash, Horatio Macculloch, J.M.W. Turner, D.O. Hill and W. Simpson. Accompanied by copious letterpress, comprising histories of the city and castle of Edinburgh, and palace of Holyrood; with historical and antiquarian notices, interspersed with curious and original anecdotes of the principal scenes and events illustrated throughout the work" (title page). The book contains 72 plates and accords with the included "List of Plates and Directions for Placing Them", with the exception of some page discrepancies. According to the bibliography of the J R Abbey collection "Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the Library of J.R. Abbey" (4 vols, London: Curven, 1953-57), the work was originally published (probably for subscribers only) in four elephant folio volumes and containing 90 plates in the years between 1847-1854. The authors are given as J.D. Harding and J.P. Lawson. This version seems extraordinarily rare and is even absent from the world's major libraries. Subsequently two quarto versions with the complete text but a reduced number of re-engraved illustrations were issued. Two differing title pages are known to exist. One published by John G. Murdoch in London is not dated and is entitled "Scotland - Picturesque, Historical, Descriptive". The other is the present volume. Works by J M W Turner unfortunately were not included. Present though particularly are eleven plates by David Roberts, famed for his depictions of Egypt and the Holy Land.
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