BLAGDON, Francis William
Authentic Memoirs of the late George Morland, with remarks on his Abilities and Progress as an Artist: in which are interspersed a variety of anecdotes never before published; together with a fac-simile of his writing, specimens of his hieroglyphical sketches &c. &c.
London: Printed for Edward Orme ... by Barnard and Sultzer, 1806 [but plates watermarked 1824]. Oblong folio. (17 1/2 x 23 inches). Printed title, 7 leaves of text (pp.16 including engravings) and 22 plates on 20 sheets, 7 printed in colour, engravers include William Ward, T. Vivares, E. Bell, and R. Dodd.
Contemporary half roan and marbled paper covered boards, morocco lettering piece on the upper cover
Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate to front pastedown; his sale, Christie's London, 27 January 2006, lot 634)
The Duke of Gloucester's copy of a rare folio English colour plate book.
This beautiful and rare collection of prints after the work of George Morland was collected by Francis Blagdon. An unusual variety of printing processes were used in this book, published after Morland's death in 1804: aquatint, soft ground etching, stipple engraving and mezzotint, with the mezzotints printed in colour. "Blagdon's Memoirs of George Morland is an extremely scarce book and I have had great difficulty in tracing copies to compare" (Tooley).
Tooley 91; Abbey Life 208.