Publisher: London: Printed for G. Kearsly, 1778.
Edition: First edition, all published.
Bibliographical References: ESTC P2575; NCBEL II, 1305.
Condition: Head of the spine chipped; edges and hinges a little rubbed; very good, sound copy.
Book ID: 28314
DescriptionFolio, contemporary brown smooth calf, red morocco spine label, five raised bands, gilt lettering. Engraved title-page and 123 engraved copper plates.
CommentsA complete run of 42 issues of an illustrated magazine published by George Kearsly between 1774 and 1777, intended to display and celebrate the art of copperplate engraving. Each of the 123 examples is accompanied by a leaf of explanatory text. The subjects include portraits (25 English and 16 French - all men), historical events, mythology and fables (40 plates, including several dedicated to scenes from Telemachus) and views of important castles, houses and other picturesque structures and places (42 plates), including two of Strawberry Hill. At least 12 engravers were involved, among them Thomas Cook, Thomas Ryder, William Sharp, William Walker, Charles Grignion the Younger, John Hall, William Watts, Valentine Green, and Joseph Collyer. The final leaf of text has directions to the binder for the arrangement of the plates, which the binder of this volume adhered to perfectly. The Copper Plate Magazine was a perfect candidate for breakers and grangerizers, and complete volumes are uncommon today. Contemporary bookplate on the front paste-down of John Chaloner Smith and later bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.