London printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and E. Moxon, Dover-Street 1834
Crown 8vo pp. 296. Full, green crushed morocco, unsigned but definitely by Hayday (Ramsden, p. 78); except of the Roman urn on the sides identical with the copy of Italy (above) and with a copy of the Poems in the Danish Royal Library (press mark 75ii-156) signed “Bound by Hayday.” With 72 engraved vignettes after designs by J.M.W. Turner and Thos. Stothard, the majority after Turner.
Unquestionably the most famous and frequently praised book illustrated with steel engravings. Turner’s illustrations are “vignettes, a form of art which Turner understood better than any artist ever did before, perhaps we might add, since. The ‘Alps at Daybreak,’ ‘Columbus Discovering Land,’ and ‘Datur Hora Queti’ may be given as examples of the finest” (Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition). “Of outstanding beauty and importance” (Muir p. 71).
Unfoxed copies are uncommon, and finely bound copies of the first edition in that condition are rare. A fine copy.
Rawlinson p. 373-405.