The Natuorama; or, Nature’s Endless Transposition of Views on the Thames. Havell & Co., c. 1824. 18 hand-coloured aquatint cards with grey wash borders top and bottom (numbered 1 - 18), each measuring 200 x 135 mm., forming an interchangeable panoramic riverside view, together with cut out coloured arched viewing frame of “Pope in His Grotto”, contained within the original red roan backed box, hand coloured aquatint view on upper cover, remainder covered in marbled paper, together with the original prospectus, folded once, which is spotted, pink silk ribbon tab. The original price has been overinked on the title label, and cut out from the prospectus. Very minor wear to the corners but a rare survival especially with the prospectus. The views include 1. Star and Garter, Richmond Hill. 2. Staines. 3. Clifton. 4. Boulney, near Henley. 5. Clifton Spring. 6. Garrick’s House, Hampton. 7. Windsor Castle. 8. Eton College. 9. Sion House. 10. Mrs. Sullivan’s, Thames Ditton. 11. Pope’s Villa. 12. Fawney Court, near Henley. 13. Hampton Court. 14. Oxford. 15. Hampton Ferry. 16. Goring Church. 17. City Barge, near Kingston. 18. Oatlands. There appear to be two versions of this rare transformation; this one in red roan and with Havell as the only publisher, and another in green, with Havell and L. Lorant of Bloomsbury as joint publishers. Worldcat lists 4 copies at 3 locations in the US.A., none in the U.K.
Author RICHARD HAVELL