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PHYSIOGNOMICAL PORTRAITS 100 Distinguished Characters 2 Vols 1824
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Author: Walmsley, Edward (signs introductory Address)
Title: PHYSIOGNOMICAL PORTRAITS. One Hundred Distinguished Characters, From undoubted Originals, Engraved in the Line Manner, by the most eminent British Artists VOLUME I + VOLUME II.
PlacePub: London
Publisher: John Major, Robert Jennings & Robert Triphook.
Date: 1824
Illustrations: Plates (100) on India paper by Vandyke, Lawrence and many other famous artists, engraved on silver by Cosmo Armstrong, Francis Engleheart and others.

TWO VOLUMES tall octavo dark green elaborately gilt and blind-stamped morocco on 4 wide raised bands, spine compartments and cover panels gilt with fine floral tooling (tips bit rubbed but no wear or splits) All Edges Gilt. Gilt leather ownership label "REES" on each pastedown. Unpaginated: Vol.I Title + contents leaf +[8]pp Address in English and in French + 50 plates each with [4]pp description of subject's life and work; Vol.II Title + contents leaf + 50 plates each with [4]pp of text. All subjects in alphabetical order across the two volumes. A few plates with foxing on unillustrated part of plate, 2 or 3 with marginal damp tidemark and a few other signs of use, but plates and text pages on heavy paper are otherwise white and clean throughout. *An interesting collection of rulers (e.g. Francis I of France by Titian, Gustav II of Sweden by Van Dyke, Peter I of Russia), artists (Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Lely, Reynolds, Rubens), explorers/military (Capt James Cook, Raleigh, Duke of Marlborough, Nelson, General Fairfax) and authors (Dante, La Fontaine, Johnson, Milton, Shakespeare, Erasmus, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Martin Luther) with biographical texts following their portraits. *All in very handsome pair of fine bindings.

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