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.