"Ruine della Chiesa d'Ambresdon in Oxford." From Thomas Salmon's Lo stato Presente di tutti i Paesi del Mondo... Volume XII, Del Regno d'Inghilterra. Venice: Giambattista Albrizzi, 1744. 5 1/2 x 7 5/8. Copper engraving by Fran. Sesone. Printer's wrinkle lower right. Very good condition. $85
Prints by R. Ackermann. From A History of The University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: R. Ackermann, 1814. Aquatints. All ca. 8 x 10, except as noted. Original hand-color. Full margins. Excellent condition.
After David Loggan's Oxonia, Ackermann's History of Oxford is the best known of works on that great university. The plates from this volume are justly known as perhaps the aesthetically finest views of the city and its colleges, halls, etc.. Their interesting compositions, many showing students, travelers, dons, and so on, are finely depicted with the excellent engraving and vivid, rich color for which these prints are known. Also included are a series of detailed images of various academic costumes.
From Gentleman's Magazine. London: 18th - 19th c. Octavo. Copper engravings. Very good condition.
By the middle of the eighteenth century, a number of monthly magazines were being published in London. These magazines informed their readers on a variety of subjects, including natural history, topography, sports and of course, current affairs. The British public was fascinated by the events of the war with France and so there was great demand for up-to-date information, especially related to the American theater of battle. The British magazines met this demand with articles and illustrations which they rushed into print as soon as the details became available to them.
The London journal, Gentleman's Magazine, was the source of some of the most important and interesting maps and views of colonial and revolutionary America, as well as maps and views of other lands distant from Britain, natural wonders and oddities not known in Europe and other "news." During these years, the English gentleman was kept well informed through visual images, as well as articles, about the latest news across the world. The most up-to-date, authoritative sources were used, making for the dissemination of very current and accurate information about all sorts of discoveries and events.
Prints by William Alfred Delamotte. From Views of the Colleges Chapels & Gardens of Oxford. London: Thomas Boys, 1842. Lithographs drawn by W. Gauci. Printed by Lefevre. All prints approximately 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 (vertical and horizontal images). Tinted lithographs. Full margins, though some with wear. Overall, fine condition. Ref: Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates. 1790-1860. #180.
A rare and lovely set of lithographs of Oxford issued in 1842 by Thomas Boys, famous for his similar series of images of London. These large, two-tone lithographs offer a detailed and quite comprehensive image of the colleges, chapels and gardens of the University around the middle of the nineteenth century. The buildings are shown with faithful detail, softly portrayed with a fine hand. Of particular interest are the animated scenes of students, pedestrians, children and animals shown in each image. These lively settings convey a feel for the town which goes well beyond our admiration of its impressive architecture, giving us a privileged look at Oxford of a century and a half ago.
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