BIRKET FOSTER'S PICTURES OF ENGLISH LANDSCAPE. With Pictures in Words by Tom Taylor

(London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1863).

A HANDSOME WORK BY ONE THE GREAT ENGLISH LANDCAPE ARTIST OF THE CENTURY. Thirty of Birket Foster's best landscapers are provided in finely detailed engraving and accompanied by a descriptive poem by Tom Taylor.
Birket Foster traveled widely, painting not only the English countryside, but also that around Scotland, the Rhine Valley, the Swiss lakes and in Italy. In the same year PICTURES OF ENGLISH LANDSCAPE was published he moved to Witley, in Surrey, where he built an elaborate Tudor-style house. A friend of Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, he had the house decorated and furnished with paintings by Burne-Jones and tiles from Morris' firm, Morris and Company. Item #31181

First edition. This copy with fine American provenance coming from the library of William Crowninshield Endicott, Massachusetts politician and Secretary of War to Grover Cleveland. With 30 beautifully engraved plates by the Brothers Dalziel from landscape drawings by Birket Foster. 4to, in a very handsome contemporary binding of full red morocco, the boards with a wide and ornate panel design in blind, the spine with tall raised bands blind ruled creating compartments with blind central tools in a diamond motif with additional tooling in a pinked style, one comportment gilt lettered, fine marbled endpapers, the page edges deeply embossed with a diamond pattern and gilted. [x], 30 plates, 30 leaves of text. A very handsome copy, the fine binding solid and sturdy with only very minor wear and some general age mellowing to the leather, the text with only a touch of foxing scattered throughout as is almost always the case.

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Price: $695.00