RITCHIE, Leitch Turner\'s Annual Tour, Wandering by the Loire

London, published by the proprietor, by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman and Rittner and Goupil, Paris, 1833


Roy 8vo pp (viii) 256. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PUBLISHED STATE, Extra engraved t.p. with engraved lines “Turner’s Annual Tour 1833”. India proofs before letters, large paper issue. All twenty-one engravings on steel dated “1832” within plate mark. Signed (Binder’s ticket “F. Westley, Binder Friar St.”) publisher’s presentation binding in full dark green morocco with gilt sides and back, rubbing to hinges, endpapers of silk, a.e.g.

Ritchie wrote the text only to accompany Turner’s views, which were all engraved by the team of steel engravers, that he had trained and whose work he scrupulously supervised, including Miller, Brandard and Goodall. Two more “annual tours” were published, 1834 and 1835, and the three independent volumes were each and together reprinted a number of times with less and less care and increasing wear showing in the plates. In 1857 they were finally gathered into a single volume, and henceforth published under the title of “Turner’s Liber Fluviorum”. A fine copy, with both text and printed in immaculate condition.

Rawlinson, II p. 257, Lowndes 2723.

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