The History of The Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. Jame’s Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace. . .
PYNE, William Henry

The History of The Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. Jame’s Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace. . .

London
A. Dry
1819
Size : 40,8 x 32 cm
Condition : A+
Reference : 631
€19,500.00

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3 volumes 4to, folio format (40,8x32cm). Contemporary green morocco, spines with 5 raised bands decorated with gilt fillets, fleurons and dotted lines, sides with gilt and blind-tooled borders, gilt fillets and gilt irons in the corners, with central coat of arms stamped in gilt on the sides, gilt edges. (Upper covers faded, some scratches).

Volume I: [iii] ff (title, title and dedication), ii pp (warning), 188 pp, [i], 21 pp. 31pl. / Volume II: [iii] ff (title, title and dedication), 88 pp, [Volume III: [iii] ff. (false-title, title and dedication), 80 pp, [i] f., 92 pp, 13 pp, [i] f. (notice to the binder). 32 pl.

Precious large paper copy, in a beautiful binding signed by P. Doll with the arms of the Duchess of Berry.

First edition of this superb work illustrated with 100 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by Bennett, Reeve, Sutherland and Havell after Wild, Stephanoff, Cattermolle and Westall. Here Pyne depicts the palaces and royal residences in great detail, from the kitchens to the formal salons. The first volume is devoted to Windsor (25 pl.) and Frogmore (6 pl.), the second volume to Hampton Court (13 pl.), Buckingham (11 pl.) and Kensington (13 pl.), and the third to St. James (8 pl.) and Carlton House (24 pl.). The binding in green morocco of the period is signed P. Doll, a Parisian bookbinder active between 1796 and 1835. He was a worker at Bozérian's before establishing himself on rue de Seine, then on rue Mazarine (n°16), and in 1825 on rue Marais-Saint-Germain (n°13). Doll worked for Napoleon I and Queen Marie-Amélie.

Complete copy, with the list of portraits (21pp.) and the precious notice to the binder (1f.). Watermark "J Whatman 1816".

Provenance: Marie-Caroline des Deux-Siciles, wife of Charles-Ferdinand d'Artois, Duchess of Berry (1798-1870, arms), one of the most famous bibliophiles of the 19th century. 

Abbey Scenery, 396 ; Brunet, IV-990; OHR, pl. 2554, iron no. 2.

PYNE, William Henry