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DENNIS, John

Views in Savoy, Switzerland, and on the Rhine, From Drawings Made upon the spot

The author, J. & A. Arch and T. Clay, Hackney Grove and London, c.1822
Folio (435 x 290 mm.), contemporary red half morocco, marbled paper boards, rebacked preserving old red morocco gilt title label, with gilt ruled compartments, uncut, extremities rubbed. With typographic title page, text and 30 mezzotint plates printed in sepia, each with contemporary tissues, most marked ‘Proof’, pp. 16, some spotting, light water-stain to upper margin, otherwise in very good condition.
First edition. The date of issue is taken from the plates which vary between 1820 and 1822. This work is rare and not recorded in the usual bibliographies. The plates are marked proof and are drawn and etched by Dennis, engraved by William Ward, Chalres Turner, William Say and others and bear a marked resemblence to the plates in J. M. W. Turner’s ‘Liber Studiorum’, also engraved by Charles Turner. Provenance: Maria Dennis, signature on front free endpaper (possibly the author’s daughter?); Bloomsbury 20 August 2009 lot 214.
Stock number: 9398

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