Twelve Perspective Views of the Exterior and Interior Parts of the Metropolitical Church of York; Accompanied by two Ichnographic Plates, and an Historical Account.
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London: the author, 1809. First edition (pp. 9). Large folio (40 cm) in half leather over marbled paper, gilt titles and decoration, marbled endpapers and edges; list of subscribers. Plates, uncoloured as issued, include folding double-size Ground Plan of York Cathedral (opens to 70 cm) with scale of dates and dimensions facing; capitals of the columns in the Crypt; twelve exterior and interior views of the Minster including Northwest Aspect, West Front, Nave, South Wing of the Transept, South Front, Transept from Southwest Angle, Chapter House Interior, Chapter House Exterior, the Choir, North Aisle of Choir, Chapel of Mary, East Front; plate impressions about 38 cm x 30 cm. Nine pages of historical and architectural commentary by Wild. This is Wild's second collection of cathedral views, the first being a collection of views of Canterbury. Charles Wild (1781- 1835), an accomplished watercolourist, made "his mark, exhibiting 165 architectural subjects between 1809 and 1833. These comprised internal and external views of the great English cathedrals and, after 1821, the churches, first of northern France and subsequently of Belgium and of Germany. [They] combine a close attention to architectural detail with an attractive picturesque treatment. Beginning with Twelve Perspective Views of the Exterior and Interior Parts of Canterbury, in 1807, he produced a series of aquatints�sometimes coloured�of English cathedrals, which were praised for their accuracy. The Canterbury series was followed by York in 1809, Chester in 1813, Lichfield in 1813, Lincoln in 1819, and Worcester in 1823" (ODNB). Spine skilfully repaired, usual wear to corners and covers; binding firm; text clean and bright throughout.
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