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Walmsley - PHYSIOGNOMICAL PORTRAITS 100 Distinguished Characters 18
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Author: Walmsley, Edward (named in dedication to George IV)
Title: PHYSIOGNOMICAL PORTRAITS. One Hundred Distinguished Characters. From undoubted Originals. Engraved in the Line Manner, by the most Eminent British Artists. VOLUME FIRST.
PlacePub: London
Publisher: John Major, Robert Jennings & Robert Triphook first edition.
Date: 1822 - 1824
Illustrations: Plates (52) on India paper including pictorial engraved titlepage and engraved portrait to dedication, by Sir Thomas. Lawrence, Vandyke and many other famous artists, engraved on silver by Cosmo Armstrong, Francis Engleheart and others.

Subscriber's copy of Volume I only, PROOFS (No. 97), quarto half red morocco gilt on 5 raised bands with pebbled cloth sides, spine extra gilt in compartments (corners bumped but no wear or splits, cloth a bit spotted) All Edges Gilt. Unpaginated, engraved Vol.I title 1822 + printed title 1824 + contents list +[8]pp Address (in English and in French) + engraved dedication to George IV with portrait + 5 Parts each with 10 Plates, Part 1st (1821) starting with Charles I - Part 5th ending with George Villiers Duke of Buckingham. Each Part has its PROOF sheets as issued + [4]pp explanatory text before each plate, with price 2 Guineas per part. In this PROOF volume the subjects are not in alphabetical order as they were later issued in 1824 (2 volumes). Two portaits have a tidemark of former damp, some proof leaves are stained or bit foxed, a few small marginal tears to text leaves not touching text, plates and text pages on heavy paper white and clean throughout. Tissue guards all present. *Beautifully engraved cameo portraits of kings, generals, authors and other famous people, each with interesting explanatory text, in rare 1st issue volume of proof Parts.

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