Les Delices de la Grand Bretagne et L’Irlande

Date: 1727

Duodecimo (165 x 100 mm.), 8 volumes, full contemporary marbled calf, gilt ruled, with ornate gilt ruled compartments with raised bands and gilt titles. With 243 plates and maps. With light wear to one or two spines, otherwise a good example.

The noted publisher Pierre Van der Aa dedicated this work on Great Britain to Queen Anne. In the ensuing years he published similar works of Italy, Spain and Portugal, Rome and Switzerland. Of the author James Beeverall nothing is known beyond this work. The text is drawn from the earlier works of Camden, Speed and Chamberlayne. The illustrations are derived from Loggan, Kip, Slezer and others and are engraved by Jan Goeree (1670-1731) . First published in 1707 this second edition is greatly expanded and updated. Despite many images being derived from earlier published works they are by no means slavish copies. Many bear additional decoration of features. A beautiful English topographical work with numerous double page town views and country seats. Adams (1967) 20; Brunet (1860-80) 1735; Lowndes (1864) 146; Upcott (1968) p. xxiv.


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