Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey.
Shaftsbury : published by the author, 1823. Quarto, papered boards (marked) with engraved illustration and pink bookseller’s ticket of Duffield’s Public Library, Bath, rebacked, spine replaced, half-title, pp. xxvi; 127; 13 full page engraved plates, including the hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece and two further coloured aquatint plates, 13 woodcut text illustrations, folding lithographed map, publisher’s slip advertising the availability of catalogues of the Fonthill Sale. Small paper copy.
A wonderful illustrated description of Fonthill, commonly known as ‘Beckford’s Folly’, the enormous house built by millionaire William Beckford between 1796 and 1813, and which was so structurally unsound, collapsed on at least two occasions.