RASHLEIGH, Philip (1729-1811).

Specimens of British Minerals. Selected from the cabinet of Philip Rashleigh, of Menabilly, in the County of Cornwall, Esq. M.P., F.R.S, and F.A.S. with general descriptions of each article.

Published: London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., sold by G. Nicol and Messrs. White, 1797 and 1802.

Date: 1797

FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Complete, with the two parts (the second being scarce) bound in one volume, both title-pages present. Quarto, pp.[4]; 56; [2]. pp.[4]; 23; [3]. Embellished with 33 plates to part one, 29 of which are hand coloured, and 21 hand coloured plates to part two, all retaining their tissue guards. Presentation note in ink From the author to title page. Part one is engraved by Henry Bone, the second by Thomas Medland and being coloured by Thomas Richard Underwood (1765-1836), a notable Georgian artist whose works are held at the Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery; it is unusual for a colourist to be named. Smartly bound in recent dark brown half calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to spine, contemporary marbling to edges. Some foxing and spotting throughout, three or four faint institutional stamps. Many of the tissue guards have creasing from being folded. Small tear to the bottom of plate 22 in part one, since neatly repaired with archival tape. Author's hand correction to p.52. Small pinhole (approx. 2mm) to p.17 in part two. A very good example of a rare work. Some foxing and spotting throughout, three or four faint institutional stamps. Many of the tissue guards have creasing from being folded. Small tear to the bottom of plate 22 in part one, since neatly repaired with archival tape. Author's hand correction to p.52. Small pinhole (approx. 2mm) to p.17 in part two. A very good example of a rare work. Rashleigh's world renowned collection of minerals, which was put together between 1760 and his death in 1811, amounted to over 4000 specimens and is now held at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. This publication was an attempt to record and disseminate the most important objects from it. He is also notable for collecting and publishing the Trewhiddle Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure.

£7500

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