York: Robert Sunter, 1843. First edition. Half leather with marbled boards and marbled endpapers. Elephant folio (18" x 24"), pp. ix, 88, plus two hand-colored title pages, a hand-colored dedication leaf, 34 hand-colored full-page plates, 24 hand-colored half-page plates, 22 uncolored full-page plates (some tinted), and a map. The page count is deceiving; each volume is over 2" thick. Good; text block detached from covers, scattered foxing to some text and plates, heavy wear to cover. Item #20463
The dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 16th century left Yorkshire with a rich collection of monastic ruins, captured here in a series of plates by artist William Richardson. Locations include Whitby Abbey, Kirkstall Abbey, St. Mary's York, Rievaulx and Kirkham Abbeys, Fountains, Roche Abbey, Byland and Newborough, Guisborough, Mont Grace, Selby Abbey, Bolton Priory, Bridlington Priory, Old Malton Priory, Joraulx Abbey, Sallay Abbey, Sawley Abbey, Monk Bretton Priory, Coverham Abbey, Eggleston Abbey, Easby Abbey, Grey Friars Richmond, Howden, Kirkham Priory, Marrick, Nun-Monkton, Ellerton, and Rosedale Priory. The historical descriptions were written by Rev. Edward Churton. The plates were lithographed by George Hawkins and printed by the lithographic firm of William Day and watercolorist Louis Haghe, "lithographers to the Queen," according to the title page. A monumental production.