Lydon, A.F. (illus).
Edinburgh and Dublin. William Mackenzie. No date. Ca. 1880.
Volume III ONLY, bound in gilt-decorative embossed red cloth (hardbound), all edges gilt, 40 color wood engraved plates and one color vignette title page illustration. Wear to cover extremities including rubbing and tears to spine and corner extremities, front and back hinges starting to split, ink stain to front free endpaper, estimated year of publication (1878/1880) neatly written in ink on title page by a previous owner. Occasional scattered toning/soiling in margins of plates, which are overall in very good condition, bright and delicately colored. OFFERED AS A COLLECTION OF COLOR PLATES. Images include: Sandringham, Trafalgar House, Wolseley Hall, Caen Wood Towers, etc. The beautiful color plates provide striking documentation of the range of British and Irish country homes. The plates were engraved and printed by B. Fawcett. "The project was conceived and executed by Lydon, with Morris supplying text about the families which occupied each home. In all, 240 different houses were represented, each printed in an average of eight colors...Fawcett's transparent colors were especially suited to Lydon's crisply-drawn renderings of immaculately tidy grounds bathed in sunlight and with gardens abloom." (Friedman, Color Printing in England 1486-1870). VOLUME 3 ONLY. Item #55811