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BEEVERELL, James (fl. 1707)
Les delices de la Grand' Bretagne, & de l'Irlande; ... par James Beeverell, A.M. Le tout enrichi de très-belles figures, & cartes géographiques, dessinées sur les originaux. ...
A Leide chez Pierre vander Aa, 1707.
8 vols ; 15.9cm. (8°)
I: [44], 248 p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., fold. engr. dedic., [29] fold. pl., [3] fold. maps
II: [4], 249--520 p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [3] fold. pl.
III: [4], 521--734 p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [41] fold. pl., [1] fold. map
IV: [4], 737--872 p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [35] fold. pl., [1] fold. map
V,i: [8], 872(1)--872(123) [i.e.124] p., fold. engr. t.-pl., [75] fold. pl.
V,ii: [4], 873--1031, 1032a-g [i.e. 138] p., [1] fold. pl.
VI: [4], 1033--1216 p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [40] fold. pl., [1] fold. map
VII: [4], 1217--1375, [1] p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [7] fold. pl.
VIII: [4], 1377--1506, [2] p., add. fold. engr. t.-pl., [1] fold. pl, [1] fold. map.

This work was conceived by Pierre van der Aa as a sequel to his Delices de l'Italie, 1706 (q.v.) and Delices de l'Espagne et du Portugal, 1707. With a dedication to Queen Anne signed by the publisher. Binder's instructions to vol. VII on final leaf of vol. VIII. Nothing is known about the author, James Beeverell. See B. Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (London 1983), pp. 31--5; also BAL, Early printed books, no. 233 (notes to the 1727 edition).

Copy Notes Copy 1: With blank fol. **8 present in vol. I. Imperfect; vol. I wanting gathering ****8 (i.e. the 14-page 'Table des Articles' and Dutch privilege leaf dated 20 November 1705); vol. V, pt. ii wanting the half-title. In vol. V, pt. i of this copy pp. 872(1)--872(48) are misbound after p. 872(119). Bound in nine volumes.
Copy 2: Imperfect; wanting leaf L4 in vol. I and all plates except the added engraved title-plates to vols II--VII. With blank leaf **8 excised in vol. I. Bound in eight volumes, the two parts of vol. V being bound together. Volume I inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane (the final 'e' was added later).

Binding Copy 1: C18th sprinkled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spines with a 'B' at the base of the floral tool in the bottom panel, morocco spine-labels.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spines, morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1662


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