Title British Castles; or, A Compendious History of the Ancient Military Structures of Great Britain. Illustrated by Numerous Views of Some of the Most Interesting Castles in Great Britain.
Binding Half Morocco.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Howlett and Brimmer 1825
Seller ID 005058
Oblong 4to, 21 by 27 cm. vi, 72,  pp. 25 hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontis, of ultra-Romantic castles, many of which were by then ruins, all of which were set in bucolic surroundings, whether by the windswept sea, a hillock, a meadow, etc. The work bespeaks the new-found fascination with the British architectural past and the incipient historicism, as perhaps captured well in the frontis comparison of arches from different periods. Contemporary half red-morocco, with title label on front board. Light to moderate foxing on text leaves and tissue guards. Plates are clean. Overall, a bright, lovely copy of a comparatively uncommon color plate book of that era.