Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, etc. Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty; Made in the Summer of the Year 1770. William GILPIN.

Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, etc. Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty; Made in the Summer of the Year 1770.

London: Printed for R. Blamire, 1792. THIRD EDITION. Tall Octavo, pp.xvi, 152 [1]. With 17 fine aquatint plates by William Sawrey Gilpin. In contemporary full mottled calf, respined during the nineteenth century with gilt decoration and titles to red labels. Purple stamp of 'Salvation Army, the Old House' to front paste-down. Black ink ownership inscription to title page, dated 1799. Corners bumped, with some light edge wear. Very good overall. First published in 1782, Gilpin here introduces for the first time the concept of the Picturesque, showcasing parts of England and Wales as legitimate alternatives to the traditional Grand Tour scenery of Italy and Greece. Item #47099

Price: £175.00

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