Publisher: (London): B. White and Son; T. and J. Egerton; J. Debrett, [et al], 1792.
Edition: First collected edition, first state of the title-page.
Bibliographical References: Hazen, Strawberry Hill, page 65; and see Hazen, page 83, for discussion of the "forged" title-page vignette.
Condition: Some foxing and intermittent smudging and stains in the text; margin on one leaf of the index repaired at an early date with tape (not touching the text); a very good copy.
Book ID: 22218
Description4to, later black quarter calf, black cloth sides, gilt lettering, all edges untrimmed. Half-title present. Frontis and 11 plates on orange-red tinted paper.
Comments¶ The important essays by Jonathan Richardson, the elder (1665-1745), published together for the first time, as a supplement and complement to Walpole's Anecdotes of Painters and Engravers (Strawberry Hill, 1762-1771). Richardson's work is regarded as one of the first books in English on collecting and connoisseurship. ¶ The first state of the title-page has "Printed at Strawberry Hill" above a vignette that is in imitation of the one used at Strawberry Hill. This work is sometimes described as being a publication of Strawberry Hill, which it is not.