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(London Engraving). Grand panorama of London. London: C. Evans, 1849. 12mo (15.3 cm, 6"). 1 fold. f. $850.00
"From the Thames . . . extending new houses of Parliament to Greenwich Hospital," from Western Stone Wharf to the Royal Victualling Office: A => scenic wood-engraved rendering of the city, unfolding as one continuous vista depicting buildings as well as numerous ships and small boats, along with laborers and passers-by. This remarkable item begins with the north bank of the river; at Greenwich Reach, the caption notes that "We now cross the River, and the View is taken on the opposite Shore." This is an updated rendition of the 1844 engraving done by Vizetelly (that version having been "only" 14 feet long), showing changes including the advances in construction of Hungerford Bridge.
The panorama was printed in four parts joined together; unlike some copies, the present example has not been colored, remaining in its original state. The "title-page," as is common with such fold-out items, is affixed to the inside of the front cover as a pastedown; it is => printed in red and green (with no black).
Binding: Publisher's textured brown cloth, covers framed in blind with embossed corner fleurons; each cover with a large central vignette of St. Paul's Cathedral, gilt-stamped on front and blind-stamped on back. A banner flourishing the title flies above the illustration.
Bound as above, front cover sunned and slightly sprung with extremities rubbed and spots of discoloration to cloth; spine sometime neatly reinforced with brown cloth tape and front hinge (inside) also reinforced. Outer "page edges" of closed book, i.e., a number of the folds and the righthand margin of the panorama when expanded, variously affected by water entering from the bottom; many folds with neat repairs from rear using archival tape. Front pastedown (i.e., the title-page) with early pencilled gift inscription. => Worn, but a striking object of both aesthetic and historical interest. (41540) Please RESHELVE This.
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