ATKYNS, Robert (1647-1711); and Johannes KIP (1652-1722)
The Ancient and Present State of Glocestershire ... The Second Edition. Illustrated with seventy-three copper plates
London: T. Spilsbury, for W. Herbert [et. al.], 1768. Folio. (18 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches). Engraved double-page map, 8 plates of arms, 64 engraved views of the houses and gardens, engraved by Kip.
Contemporary russia, covers bordered in gilt, spine with raised bands in eight compartments, green morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with an overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers
A very fine large and thick paper copy of a noted 18th century English work on architecture and garden design, with engravings by Kip in a beautiful binding
Although intended as a county history, Atkyn's Gloucester is celebrated for its engraved views by Kip depicting the early 18th century country life of England's nobility, with beautiful engravings of their stately homes and formal gardens. First published in 1712, the work is one of the best topographical works of the eighteenth century. The present second edition is noted for its high quality of printing and paper; the portrait of the author, included in the first edition, was omitted from the second.
Brunet I, 539; Upcott I, p. 250.