Italy, a poem.

London, printed for T. Cadel [etc] 1830.

£1650

Crown 8vo pp (viii) 284. FIRST EDITION (except for the “Proofs”). Contains 56 engravings on steel after designs by William Turner and Thomas Stothard, the majority after Turner. Full, dark green hard-tanned morocco, gilt lettering on back and Roman urn as centerpiece on both sides, a.e.g. Binding signed “Chapman & Hall. Strand”, but undisputedly bound by James Hayday (Ramsden, p. 78), the type of binding material being the so-called “Turkey Morocco”, invented by Hayday. This is a most typical Hayday binding, with his silk thread sewing. James Hayday (1796-1872) is known to have commenced business in a very humble way, probably worked on the premises of Chapman & Hill until 1833 when he settled independently in Little Queen Street, where he continued until his retirement in 1861. Bookplate (William Lindsay Alexander, see DNB suppl. 1, p. 32). The production of the two Rogers volumes is narrated in every book on the history of Western book illustration, and their importance is well documented. “Turner’s name may be added to those of Raphael, Rubens, and Claude in the list of painters who have had a special influence upon engraving. The speciality of Turner’s influence was in the direction of delicacy of tone. In this respect the Turner vignettes to Rogers’ poems were a high watermark of human attainment, not likely ever to be surpassed” Encyc. Brit. 11th Ed. A fine copy. Rawlinson 348-372.