Picturesque Beauties of Boswell, Part the First. Containing Ten Prints, Designed and Etched by Two Capital Artists.
by [Rowlandson, Thomas and Samuel Collings].
Published in May, 1786, by E. Jackson, No. 14 Mary-le-Bone-Street, Golden Square, and G. Kearsley, Fleet-Street [London]. Oblong folio (19” by 12”), ten leaves of copperplate etchings, untrimmed, stab sewn in the original grey paper wrappers, upper wrapper with printed title, contents and imprint. Fine dark impressions with very little foxing, some soiling and edgeware particularly to the untrimmed edges, as expected with such a large work, remarkably preserved in its original wrappers. In a green cloth portfolio. First edition (part one) as issued. Ten plates caricaturing Boswell’s Journal of a tour to the Hebrides, etched by Thomas Rowlandson from designs by Samuel Collings. Part Two, with a further ten plates, was issued later the same year. WorldCat’s First Search records only around ten complete or incomplete copies in North American libraries, few with original wrappers. ESTC T42285. (Inventory #: 105982)
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