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MIDDLETON, J. J. (1785--1849)
Grecian remains in Italy, a description of cyclopian walls, and of Roman antiquities. With topographical and picturesque views of ancient Latium. By J.J. Middleton.
London: printed for Edward Orme, printseller to His Majesty; by W. Bulmer and Co., 1812--[1819].
[4], 50 p., 27 [i.e. 23] hand-col. aquat. pl. (3 double-page), [2] engr. pl. ; 47cm. (2°)

The work comprises 25 leaves of plates numbered [1], 2-5, [6], [6 bis], 7-15, 17-22, 27 and lettered A and B. All the plates except A and B are hand-coloured aquatints. Although the title-page is dated 1812, the work seems to have been issued in parts, probably during 1811-1812 and in 1819, the plates being dated May 1811 (three plates), July 1811 (four plates), March 1819 (eleven plates), and June 1819 (five plates), with the two etched plates (lettered A and B) undated. The letterpress of the early parts was printed by William Bulmer, the later parts by J. F. Dove whose imprint is at the foot of p. 50. Plates [1], [6] and [6 bis] are double-page and unnumbered, the latter two forming a panoramic view referred to in the text (p. 21) as 'Plate 6'. The plates were issued, and are normally bound, out of numerical sequence. For a description of the plates see R.V. Tooley, English books with coloured plates 1790 to 1860 (London [1954]), no. 328 which lists 25 plates (including the final plates A and B listed together as no. 24) but does not record the plate numbers. Some of the plates (4, 7, 8, 10 and 12) were etched from drawings by Filippo Giuntotardi, Middleton's travelling companion. A reference in the introductory chapter (p. 3) to the 'twenty-eight, and thirty-fifth plates' suggests that more plates were originally intended, but apparently never published. In some copies the plates are later reprints, with dates as late as 1825 (the last year of Edward Orme's recorded activities as a publisher) in the watermarks. Tooley, 328.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind roll-tooled borders and gilt-ruled, blind-tooled spine, dark blue grained binder's cloth boards. Bound by George Richmond c. 1853?

Reference Number 4206


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