The Microcosm of London. Or, London in Miniature.

  • Ackermann, Rudolph
  • London: T. Bensley [for R. Ackermann] 1808
  • Abbey Scenery 212.




FIRST EDITION, 3 vols., 4to, pp. [vi], iv, [3]-231, [1]; [ii], vi, [ii], 239, [1]; [ii], iv, [ii], 280, [6] + engraved dedication leaf in each vol. and 104 aquatint plates. Contemporary marbled calf. Three plates in vol. 1 with tears at platemark repaired on verso, otherwise just some spotting and toning, offsetting from plates to facing pages. Rebacked, corners and edges neatly renewed, hinges relined, old leather a bit scratched and marked. Bookplate removed from pastedowns, ownership inscription dated 1813 rubbed out from flyleaf of vol. 1.


An early issue of this essential colour-plate work, complete with half-titles in each volume. Four of Abbey's 'key plates' are in the first state, and all the visible watermarks are between 1806 and 1808.

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