London: Printed for T. Payne, P. Elmsly, B. White, and J. Walter, 1774. James Basire, William Blake. Leather. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #005102
3 volume set, complete. 1774-1776. 1st edition of Vol. 2 & 3, 2nd printing of Vol.1. A Very Good set. 4tos. [Vol.1] xx, (i), 516; [Vol.2] vii, (i), 537, 23, (ii); [Vol.3] viii, 601 pp., illustrated with numerous engraved folding maps, and text engravings. Uniformly bound in full calf, with seven compartment spines, with title and simple single ruling in gilt. Boards ruled in a crenelated pattern. English bubble marbled end papers on leather tabs. Light to moderate rubbing to the boards, particularly the spines, with some loss and fading to the lettering. Boards all attached, but the front joints are tender, especially volume 1 (&2). All volumes have the same previous owner's armorial book plate affixed to the front paste down, that of John Bolton. Internally clean and bright. A Very Good set with Fine plates. This is believed to be one of the first works engraved by Willaim Blake, during his apprenticeship to master engraver, James Basire.*** John Bolton(1756-1837) was a Liverpool merchant, slave-trader and slave-owner. Bolton was seen as one of the town's leading merchants and is described as one of the wealthiest men of his class. His armorial design was a split shield, with three lions in a chevron on the left, and a single lion on the right, with a hawk perched above the shield. ***.