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The History Of The Abbey Church Of St. Peter's Westminster, Its Antiquities And Monuments. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.(II.)

William Combe

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London: Printed For R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, By L. Harrison And J. C. Leigh, 373, Strand

Physical Description

2 vols.; 355 mm.

General Note

Vol. I: xiii, [4], xvi-xviii, 333, [6] p., engr. frontis. port., 2 engr. pl. - Vol. II: 204, *204-205*, 205-275, [5] p., add. engr. t-pl., [79] engr. pl. The frontispiece to Vol. I is a mezzotint portrait of William Vincent, D.D. Dean of Westminster, after a portrait by William Owen R.A., engraved by Henry Meyer. The added engraved title-plate of Vol. II is a coloured aquatint view of the monument of Aymer de Valance enclosing the title 'Westminster Abbey And The Monvments'. This copy of the title-plate is credited to Frederick Mackenzie in error (engraved by Samuel Mitan); in its second state the draughtsman is corrected to A. Pugin.


Vol. I: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - List Of Subscribers - Arrangement Of The Plates - Introduction - [Text, and pl.] - Appendix - Index To The First Volume - Index To The Appendix. - Vol. II: [Half-t., add. engr. t.-pl., t.p., text, and pl.] - Index To The Second Volume - Index To The Monuments, Inscriptions, &c.


For a full list of the plates see Abbey, Scenery, 213 (p. 140-142); Upcott, p. 859-866; or Tooley, p. 2-5.


The front pastedown in each volume carries an armorial bookplate, 'Joseph Ablett, Llanbedr Hall, Ruthin.'

Binding Note

Spine title in gilt letters on red leather, 'History Of Westminster Abbey', 'Vol. I. [II.]' and '1812'.


Westminster Abbey History, Westminster Abbey Antiquities


William Vincent, dedicatee
Rudolph Ackermann, publisher/bookseller
Frederick Mackenzie, draughtsman
William Owen RA, artist/designer
Henry Hoppner Meyer, engraver
Augustus Charles Pugin, draughtsman
Samuel Mitan, engraver
Lancelot Harrison and John Channing Leigh (London), printer