ENGRAVINGS OF THE MOST NOBLE THE MARQUIS OF STAFFORD'S CO...
by Ottley, William Young and Peltro William Tomkins
First edition. The collection of George Granville Levison-Gower (1758-1833), 2nd Marquis of Stafford. His collection of engravings was particulary strong in various Continental schools and is arranged in six "classes": (1) Lower Italy, (2) Upper Italy, (3) Germany, Switzerland, Flanders and Holland, (4) Spain, (5) France, and (6) Britain. The works are arranged by school and are in chronological order. Dedicated to the King (George III), the Prince of Wales, and the Earl of Dartmouth. An "advertisement" explains the classification and arrangement. Following that are thirteen plates of scaled drawings of the Marquis of Stafford's gallery in London, which show the location of each painting.
W.M. Craig drew the reductions, then transferred to copper plates by some of the best engravers then working in England, including Heath, Romney, Fittler, and Tomkins.
Each volume begins with descriptive text about each item identifying it by number. Following is a list of plates with title, artist and number from the descriptive text. Plates identified by title, engraver, place, and time of first publication.
Binding rubbed and worn, especially at edges. Endpaper chipped at edges. Light foxing and tanning on plates does not obscure the plates themselves.