London: William Mackenzie, 1878. Original edition. Full Leather. Quarto, each volume pp. 80 plus 40 color chromolithgraphic plates, marbled endpapers. Very Good. Item #21370
Six beautifully illustrated volumes depicting the country seats, homes and estates of various British nobles and gentlemen. An unparalleled survey of British and Irish country houses during the late Victorian era. Each volume features an illustrated title page, frontispiece, and numerous delightful colour plates. With detailed illustrations of each seat from Alexander Francis Lydon, produced in colour by the man to whom he was apprenticed, Benjamin Fawcett, a noted woodblock colour printer of the time. Descriptive text from Francis Orpen Morris, parson-naturalist and author of children's literature, accompanies each plate. This marks the final of many collaborations between Fawcett, Morris and Lydon. Over a relationship of almost fifty years, they mainly created works of ornithology and lepidopterology. This is the first time we've been able to offer this important work.