Splendid pre-1850 English engraving collection album 115 proofs & pre-lettered printsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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English School Engravings. 19th century Private collectors Album with 115 fine steel engraved prints.
Beautiful 19th century quarto full colored leather, elaborately gilt decorated all over, including board edges and inner dentelles (turn-ins). Marbled end papers, top edge gilt.
Wonderful collection of 115 mostly pre-1850 engraved images, a large number of which are labelled as PROOF impressions, being among the first trial pulls from the engraved plate and richly nuanced thus. Many others with no captions or title lettering, perhaps also being very early impressions.
All mounted by collector in album format for browsing.
Album lightly rubbed along extremities and raised bands, minor evidence of rubbing and time, but leather remains supple, attractive, book is sound, clean, tight, displaying a beautiful age patina.
Book measures: 11 3/8" H X 8 7/8" W.