Britannia Illustrata. Or Views of several of the Queen's Palaces. As also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain. Curiously Engraven. Joannes KIP.
Britannia Illustrata. Or Views of several of the Queen's Palaces. As also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain. Curiously Engraven...

Britannia Illustrata. Or Views of several of the Queen's Palaces. As also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain. Curiously Engraven...

London: Printed for David Mortier..., Daniel Midwinter..., Henry Overton..., & Joseph Smith... 1709. Folio, engraved title, contents leaf and 79 double page plates, not including Hatfield (no. 24*). Two plates (4 and 29) with skilful repairs and one (49) with a couple of spots plus some repair to the margins of the title page and 5 plates, later armorial bookplate. Overall a good clean copy in 20th century half calf over 19th century marbled boards, some light wear to edges. An excellent collection of birds-eye views. As well as Royal buildings such as Windsor Castle and the Tower of London, the great country houses of the nobility include Badminton, Chatsworth, Grimsthorpe and Longleat, with striking depictions of the geometrical perfection of their grounds. First published 1707 with numerous other editions appearing in various formats until the middle of the century. ESTC lists 6 copies of this issue - of two examined, one included the Hatfield plate and one didn't. Item #17291

Price: £9,000.00

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