Very Good. 0486261417 Cooke, Edward William. Sailing Vessels in Authentic Early Nineteenth-Century Illustrations. New York: Dover Publications, 1989. 65pp. Illustrated. 4to. Paperback. Book condition: Very good. Light rubbing to extremities.
Very Good. 0486261417 This superb series of sixty-five etchings by the famous English artist Edward William Cooke (1811-1880) is one of the masterworks of maritime art, an authentic, richly atmospheric record of English ships and shipping in the early decades of the 19th century, the era of the Regency, the Napoleonic Wars and the dawn of the great age of British commercial shipping. Cooke's subjects are primarily the river craft of the Thames, but he also portrays scenes of harbor and shore life at Portsmouth and Brighton, and at Kingsgate, Folkestone and Dover as well. Among the memorable scenes in this extraordinary collection: convicts boarding a prison ship in Portsmouth Harbor; the 104-gun Victory; a beflagged barge carrying a festive party down the Thames; a schooner tied up near London Bridge; oyster boats at Billingsgate; one of the earliest steamships, the United Kingdom, heading into open water; a frigate in full sail; and a Yarmouth herring boat. Reproduced in its entirety from a rare original edition in the Hart Nautical Collections at the MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this beautiful book is certain to delight art lovers and maritime enthusiasts alike, who have often seen individual plates reproduced and have longed to savor the entire collection of illustrations. Artists and craftspeople looking for maritime illustrations will also find this volume an invaluable source of copyright-free material. Unabridged and unaltered Dover (1989) republication of Sixty Five Plates of Shipping and Craft, London, 1831. Publisher's Note. 65 plates, xi + 65pp.
NF. Not ex-lib. Softcover in tan illustrated wraps, 4to. xi + 65pp. Drawings throughout. Reprints "Sixty Five Plates of Shipping and Craft" (London: 1831). NF. Light stress creases off hinges with mild overall curl toward spine side, no effect on tight binding and hignes. Light abrasion at tip of lower corner front wrap. Else Fine: clean, bright and unmarked.
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