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  •  Frontispiece reproduces "Scene up the River Huon, Van Diemens Land", a hand-coloured aquatint by the "convict artist" Joseph Lycett (pl. 12 of <em>Views in Australia</em>)
Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969

Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey : a bibliographical catalogue § Life in England in aquatint and lithography 1773-1860 : Architecture, drawing books, art collections, magazines, navy and army, panoramas, etc. from the library of J.R. Abbey : a bibliographical catalogue § Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1880, from the library of J.R. Abbey… A bibliographical catalogue

London, Privately printed at the Curwen Press / Chiswick Press, 1952-1957
Three works in four volumes (32 cm), I (1952): xx, 399 pp., text illustrations, 35 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guardsheets present. Copy 71 of 500. II (1953): xxi, 427 pp., text illustrations, 33 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guards. Copy 235 of 400. III/1-2 (1957): xiii, 299 pp., text illustrations, 21 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guards; xiv, pp.301-675, text illustrations, 16 collotype plates, tissue guards. Copy 112 of 400. Uniform publisher’s brown cloth, red morocco spine labels. - The indispensable catalogues of Major Abbey’s colour-plate books, in first editions (limited to 500, 400, and 400 copies respectively). Acquired by Paul Mellon in the 1950s, through the agency of John Carter, these books were kept in the magnificent “Abbey Room” of the Brick House in Upperville, Virginia, until 1977, when they were transferred to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. Christopher de Hamel, “J.R. Abbey as a book collector” in The Book Collector (Spring 2014), pp.83-91 (p.87). ¶ In fine condition, albeit lacking dust jackets.
Subjects
Printing - United Kingdom - Collections, UK - Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969
Private libraries - Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969
Topographical books and prints - United Kingdom
Travel books - Collections, UK - Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969
Authors/Creators
Abbey, John Roland, 1894-1969
Bates, George
Bates, George, died 1956
Oliver, Michael
Towndrow, Kenneth Romney, 1900-1953
Owners
Abbey, John Roland, 1894-1969
Moore Stevens, R.N.H.
Pratley, Wilfred Henry, 1905-1987
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  • Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969

    Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey : a bibliographical catalogue

    London, Privately printed at the Curwen Press, 1952
    (32 cm), xx, 399 pp., text illustrations, 35 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guardsheets present. Publisher’s brown cloth, red morocco spine label. - 556 entries. Compiled by the Hove bookseller George Bates (died 1956) and Kenneth Romney Towndrow (1900-1953) for J.R. Abbey. ¶ Copy 71 of 500. From the library of R.N.H. Moore Stevens, with his exlibris on front pastedown. Clean, unmarked copy. Lacking dust jacket.
  • Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969

    Life in England in aquatint and lithography 1773-1860 : Architecture, drawing books, art collections, magazines, navy and army, panoramas, etc. from the library of J.R. Abbey : a bibliographical catalogue

    London, Privately printed at the Curwen Press, 1953
    (32 cm), xxi, 427 pp., text illustrations, 33 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guardsheets present. Publisher’s brown cloth, red morocco spine label. - Divided into thirteen sections: Architecture, Drawing Books, Art Collections, Magazines, Decorative Printing, Illustrations of the Classics, High Life and Low Life, the Navy, the Army, Sports and Pastimes, Roads and Railways, the Stage-Music-Dance, Costume, Panoramas, and amongst this miscellany one section entitled Miscellanea. The sections range in size from nine to 183 items; there are 108 drawing books and artists’ sketch books, and 183 panoramas (these vary in length from a few feet to the 49 feet of a “Fête de l’agriculture” printed at Lausanne in 1792; one depicting the Coronation Procession of 1937 was made specially for Major Abbey). Compiled by George Bates for J.R. Abbey; edited by E. Jutra. Reviewed by Percy Muir, in The Times Literary Supplement, 19 June 1953, p.404, objecting to the catalogue sub-title (“a bibliographical catalogue”): “its occasional attempts at bibliographical elucidation are more bewildering than enlightening”; “an opportunity has been missed”. ¶ Copy 235 of 400. Clean, unmarked copy. Lacking dust jacket.
  • Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969

    Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1880, from the library of J.R. Abbey… A bibliographical catalogue

    London, Chiswick Press, 1957
    Two volumes (32 cm), I: xiii, 299 pp., text illustrations, 21 collotype plates (1 in colour). II: xiv, pp.301-675, text illustrations, 16 collotype plates. Tissue guardsheets present. Uniform publisher’s brown cloth, red morocco spine labels. - 728 entries. “An impressive contribution to bibliographical scholarship”, compiled by Michael Oliver for J.R. Abbey, and “bibliographically superior” to the previous two volumes of the collection catalogue on account of Oliver’s “important original notes to a number of entries,” which make full use “of contemporary catalogues (notably Mr Michael Sadleir’s collection in fourteen volumes of publishers’ lists from 1812-42 and H.G. Bohn’s catalogues of the 1840’s) and contemporary advertisements for ‘finding and checking published prices and bindings, as also for investigating the stages of past publication’” (quotations from John Hayward’s review, in The Book Collector, Winter 1957, pp.409-410). ¶ Copy 112 of 400. Ex-Harry Pratley (1905-1987), bookseller, ABA president in 1959-1960; his sale by Sotheby’s, The collection of the late H.W. Pratley, Esq., of Turnbridge Wells, Kent, 14-15 January 1988, lot 851. Clean, unmarked copy. Lacking dust jacket.
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