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Book Description
The plates have clearly been engraved as two series, of 20 and 11 plates respectively, at two different periods in time. The first series with a single line border, open letters and signed close to the image; the second series with double line border, partially closed letters and signed away from the image. As far as we can tell the second series might constitute part of the ^gPicturesque Delineation in the Counties of Devon and Cornwall^g published by Palser in 1811-12, but as any further publishing details on the plates appears to have been removed it is difficult to establish this with certainty. As the artist was not paid by his publishers on a royalty basis, but at a flat fee per plate of between 12 shillings and 2 guineas, the later publication of Prout’s work was at the mercy of whoever was willing to reissue the plates. Another work with which this private publication must be seen in connection is Prout’s 1819 ^gA Series of Views of rural Cottages in the West of England, drawn and etched in imitation of chalk …^g, published by Ackermann. As there is no logical order to the the sequence of plates in the volume we have reordered them alphabetically within each series, together with their present numerical position in square brackets. First series - [18]: 'At Exeter'; [29]: 'At Linton'; [12]: 'At Penryn Cornwall'; [7]: 'At Tinteen Monmouthshire'; [28]: ''Glastonbury'; [11]: 'Haverfordwest'; [23]: 'Minchead'; [30]: 'Near Barnstaple'; [15]: 'Near Bridgend, S. Wales'; [5]: 'Near Caerphilly, S. Wales'; [19]: 'Near Durham'; [1]: 'Near Edinbro'; [22]: 'Near Exeter'; [27]: 'Near Lauceston'; [16]: 'Near Plymouth'; [13]: 'Near Southhampton'; [8]: 'Near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.' ; [9]: 'Near Waltham, Essex'; [20]: 'Part of the Treaty-House, Uxbridge'; [26]: 'Part of Winchester Palace, Southwark'; Second Series - [10]: 'Buckfastleigh, Devon'; [3]: 'Carisbrook, Isle of Wight'; [31]: 'Eastry, Kent'; [24]: 'Kingsteignton, Devon'; [17]: 'Leskeard, Cornwall'; [2]: 'near Helston, Cornwall'; [4]: 'near Looe Cornwall'; [14]: 'Near Looe, Cornwall'; [25]: 'Near Probus Cornwall'; [6]: 'near Saltash, Cornwall'; [21]: 'Newton, Devon'.
Dealer Notes
Not found in any reference book consulted, neither in OCLC nor in KVK.
Author PROUT, Samuel.
Date 1820
Binding original patterned red wrappers with title label printed in gold on black on front cover; recently rebacked and repaired, in a modern blue cloth folder, leather label, lettered in gilt;
Publisher London,
Condition Oblong folio, 270× 440 mm, 31 [not 30] hand coloured soft ground etched plates, each plate with a title caption and signed ‘Drawn & Etched by Sam. Prout’; some dust marks and stains, 13 plates with repairs mainly to the plate mark;

Price: £650.00

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