Lot 372: The Heads Of The Illustrious... 1756. 108 plates.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Portraits/Engravings] Thomas Birch. THE HEADS OF ILLUSTRIOUS PERSONS OF GREAT BRITAIN, On One Hundred and Eight Copper-Plates. Engraved by Mr. Houbraken, and Mr. Vertue. With their Lives and Characters, by Thomas Burch, D. C. Secretary of the Royal Society. Lon: John Knapton, 1756. 108 portrait plates + small title page vignette. , 216pp. Large paper edition (21 3/8 x 14 3/8 in., widely margined), originally issued 1743-51. Contemp marbled boards recased and recornered with modern cream colored leather. Contemporary portion of covers have edgewear. Inner margin of title leaf repaired, occasional small repair to margin. Dampstaining mostly to lower portions of leaves (mostly marginal, but sometimes above lower edge of images, more noticeable at front and rear of volume). Discoloration/spotting mostly but not exclusively to lower margin, affecting printed area of leaves near front of volume.. 19.2 Lb.