Dibdin Bibliomania Picturesque Bibliographical Tour 1821 Splendid 4 vol. set 200 engravingsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
[Bibliomania, bibliographic studies, second Earl Spencer, Biblioteca Spenseriana, European Antiquities, Travelogue, antiquarian book dealers and sellers of rare books, 19th Century engraved European urban views, France, Germany].
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One of the great works on the collecting of rare and early printed books, by one of the greatest bibliophiles of history. A classic in the field of bibliography and book collecting, a unique and endlessly fascinating account of European trips spent entirely in the pursuit of acquiring old and rare books and manuscripts of many kinds for a wealthy English patron.
A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Vols. 1-4, by the Rev. Tho. Frognall Dibdin, F.R.S. S.A.
1821, London, W. Blumer and W. Nicol, Shakespeare Press
4 Volumes, each volume c. 450 pages. With Supplements, G. Lewis's "Physiognomy, Manners and Character...", and the detailed 66 pp. Bibliographic Index of all the works mentioned within the text at rear. First Edition.
Frontis portrait, extra-illustrated with 117 full page engravings throughout, many beautifully printed on heavy paper, 83 smaller engraved vignettes printed on India paper and mounted within the text throughout [total of 200 engraved images].
Handsome and monumental period full leather bindings, each neatly and professionally rebacked by a skilled book binder many years ago, the repairs now age-worn and part of the pleasing patina.
Includes the famous "nude" plate of "Diane of Poictiers", supposedly destroyed after a mere 50 impressions were pulled from the original engraved plate and not found bound into most surviving sets [see Lowndes, II, p. 641].
Bindings remain sound and tight, signs of age and time to the bindings, various small age flaws and defects, edges and corners worn, overall handsome set. Contents clean, nice paper and typography throughout, the illustrations typically intricate and richly printed as well.
A beautiful set with lovely shelf appeal, the cost of producing such a richly illustrated work so high it supposedly all but financially bankrupted Dibdin for the remainder of his life.
Books measure: 10" H X 7" W.
Set along shelf measures: 7 3/4".