[London: J. Boydell], 1775. – [Twelve Views in North Wales]. [London: P. Sandby], 1776. 2 works in one volume, oblong folio (334 x 482 mm). Sepia aquatint title and 24 sepia aquatint plates. Modern half morocco. A few pale stains, lacking the title for the second series of plates. Provenance: William Sandby, the artist’s nephew (ownership inscription dated October 1848); purchased from Marlborough Rare Books, 1984. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401707
FIRST EDITION. A variant issue from Abbey, with no imprint on the title and the first 12 plates with the imprint "Published by J. Boydell in Cheapside Sept. 1775". The second dozen plates have the imprint as recorded by Abbey, but no title-page. A third part was published in 1777.
The work is dedicated to the Hon. Charles Greville, who learned about the aquatint process from J. B. LePrince, which he passed on to Sandby. Since they aimed to reproduce wash drawings, the plates were not meant to be colored. Later booksellers ignored this, and compensated for the heavy wear and deterioration of the plates by the application of heavy color. The present set reflects the freshness and purity of the artist’s intention. This is also a fine association, copy, owned by the artist’s great nephew William Sandby, who published Thomas and Paul Sandby Lives and Works in 1892.