First edition. Handsomely bound in contemporary full green morocco with elaborate decorative gilt double borders to the boards. Titles in gilt to the upper board. The spine with four raised bands and with compartments ruled in gilt. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Pale yellow endpapers. Blue silk page marker bound-in. Folding list of engravings followed by 56 fine steel-engraved plates on india paper (likely proof impressions), bound-in on stubs. Contemporary owner's printed name label ("Anne Haddock") to the front pastedown. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a couple of scuffs to the upper board and a little wear to the corners, spine tips and board edges. The contents with two plates slightly separating from their stubs (but still firmly attached) and with varying degrees of scattered foxing are otherwise in very good order, the majority of the engraved images themselves remaining clean.

A collection of splendidly rich, fresh impressions of the engravings designed to accompany the enlarged 1830 edition of Samuel Roger's poem Italy, including 25 after J. M. W. Turner (the first he executed for a work of literature), 19 after Thomas Stothard, two after Samuel Prout, two after John Flaxman, six after Titian, one after Vasari, and one after Colonel Batty. Rogers' longest poem, the first part of Italy was published anonymously in 1822; the second, bearing his name, in 1828. At first a failure, Rogers enlarged and revised the poem, commissioning illustrations from leading artists of the day, including Turner, Stothard and Prout, for a sumptuous 1830 edition, which then met with the public acclaim that he had originally desired. Far less common than the 1830 edition itself, the present work contains fine (likely proof) impressions of the suite of plates, bound in on stubs with a serrated edge, which appear to have been designed so that the owner could remove them as desired.

Stock code: 20763


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