BARNARD, George (1807-90)
The Brunnens of Nassau and the River Lahn
London: Published by Thos. McLean, [circa 1845]. Folio. (21 3/16 x 14 1/4 inches). 4 leaves letterpress text. Lithographic title printed in two colours, uncoloured lithographic dedication to Apolph, Duke of Nassau, tinted lithographic list of plates with decorative surround and illustrative vignettes, 28 tinted lithographic plates (including 4 section titles), all by and after George Barnard.
Contemporary blue/green moiré cloth-covered boards, expertly re-backed to style with red morocco, titled in gilt on spine, yellow glazed endpapers
A fine copy of this charming work.
A fine series of views of Nassau and the Lahn valley: an area renowned in the 19th century for the curative properties of its bubbling spa waters, and a fashionable destination for the wealthy of Europe. "In this work the Author has endeavoured , as far as was in his power, to combine graphically the characteristic incidents and manners of the country of certain German Spas [Weisbaden, Ems, Langen Schwalbach, Schlangenbad, the Lahn, etc.], with the striking beauties of scenery, whether drawn from the works of Nature or from the structures raised by man. Having gone over most of the ground broken up by Sir Francis Head, he has essayed to do that with his pencil which the former has done so well with his pen." The plates are presented in four sections marked by subtitles and with the salient points of each image explained in the accompanying text.
Cf. Abbey Travel 120.