Tombleson's Thames

TOMBLESON, W.

FIRST EDITION TOMBLESON WITH MAP

TOMBLESON, W. Tombleson's Thames

Tombleson & Comp., 1834.

First edition, first issue with engraved title page listing Tombleson as publisher and dedication to Baron Brougham. Quarto. Full black calf with raised bands and maroon title label to spine and elaborate gilt scrolls to the covers. Gilt decorated edges and turn-ins. All edges gilt. Steel engraved folding map of the Thames (extending to four feet) as frontispiece, engraved title page depicting 'The Source of the Thames' and 79 other full page steel engravings of views on the Thames. Each plate is separated from the text by a blank page, which has had the effect of absorbing the offsetting from the plates and keeping the plates themselves fresh and free from foxing. A very good copy with some wear to the spine ends and edges. Internally a little sporadic foxing and water stains to the very edge of the plates. A handsome and complete copy of the scarce first edition.

The first edition of Tombleson's Thames, described in William Bent's Literary Adviser as being "fairly considered the only and most complete work of this important river", is rare as a first issue and particularly so retaining its original map. The clarity of impression of both plates and map are at their finest in this issue.

Cohen p.183

Stock ID: 40617

£2,250.00

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