Turner and Girtin’s Picturesque Views Sixty Years Since. Ed. by Thomas Miller.

London, J. Hogarth, 1854.

£200

Imperial 8vo [lx] 164+ 30 engravings on copper. Rawlinson,vol I 1-15a, reprint A. The first re-printing ( = 3rd state) of Turner’s and Thomas Girtin’s thirty contributions to the “Copper-Plate Magazine” (1794-98), the 2nd states of which appeared in the “Itinerant” (1798). Thomas Miller in his preface describes the recovery of the original plates and the efforts required to clean and prepare the plates for this 1854 edition. In 1873 a second re-printed was undertaken (= 4th state; Rawlinson, Reprint B), but the results were poor. Publisher’s red, half-morocco with gilt back, minimal browning to plate edges, boards slightly discoloured in places. Includes important, early biographies of both artists. The full page views are the earliest engravings after Turner and Girtin. The book is “worth having” (Muir p. 81), a nice copy. Lowndes 2724. Brunet V 980.