[London]: Printed & Sold by I. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside, nd (circa 1800). First edition thus. Hardcover. Oblong 8vo (5.75 x 7.25 inches), contemporary cloth and plain boards; engraved title and 52 leaves printed with copperplate engravings on versos, engravings measure approx. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Scuffing to boards, wear to edges, old dampstain to top quarter of endpapers and margin of first and last couple pages (not affecting illustrations), old owner name to front board, bookplate of Smeathman Hatton (Virtus tutissima cassis) to front pastedown. Overall sturdy and presentable. Good. Item #21574
Apparently an expanded reprint of John Boydell's 1775 "Passion" which was comprised of 20 pages of text and 35 engravings. The present copy omits the text and adds 17 engravings: 14 at the beginning signed in the plate by T. Mills and 3 at the end signed Isaac Taylor. John Boydell is best remembered for his "Boydell Shakespeare Gallery" which brought together the efforts of the best artists and engravers of the day in a magnificent illustrated edition of the works of William Shakespeare. Boydell's nephew and partner, Josiah Boydell (1752-1815), who contributed several paintings to the Shakespeare Gallery, continued the publishing business after his uncle's death and it is likely that the present volume was produced by him. Rare; OCLC/Worlcat locates only 1 copy.