A (Very Nearly) Complete Set of Ackermann’s Repository

[Ackermann]. The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics. This work already honoured by His approbation is most humbly dedicated by permission to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales by his grateful and obedient servant R. Ackermann. (36 Volumes from the First, Second, and Third Series — A Nearly Complete Set). London: Ackermann, 1809-1826.

Half calf and marbled paper, with some slight variation in the spine lettering and decoration, and color and/or pattern of marbled paper; 36 volumes, 8vo; each volume containing (usually) 6 issues (1 per month) from January 1809 to December 1826 (missing just two months, July-August 1818, and the final two years, 1827-1828). The run includes the first series (1809-1815), volumes 1-14, with supplements; second series (1816-1822), volumes 1-14; and the third series (1823-1826), volumes 1-8; all with engraved title-pages, unpaginated sub-title pages, and (remarkably) 1,312 of 1,330 plates, including colored and uncolored plates, folding plates, woodcut plates with fabric and/or paper specimens, and more. FOR A COMPLETE COLLATION, PLEASE INQUIRE. Condition is generally VG or better. Spines and edges of boards a bit scuffed; the occasional loose or detached board. Some off-setting of plates onto facing pages, but overall clean, and colors remain bright. Very Good. Hardcover.

A rich publication, offering readers views of gardens, far-away places, architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, money, and more. It includes several works that were reprinted later in book form, such as Papworth’s Select Views of London, Views of Country Seats, Journal of Sentimental Travels in Southern Provinces of France, Picturesque Tour through the Oberland, Rural Residences, & c. The Repository embraced most forms of engraving — woodcut, line, stipple aquatint, and, after 1817, lithograph. The costume plates (all of which are present here) are the only illustrations that are uniform throughout, and make a wonderful series. (R. V. Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates, 1790-1860; pp. 25-47.)


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