Country Seats of the United States of North America, with Some Scenes
BIRCH, William R. The Country Seats of the United States of North America, with Some Scenes Connected with Them. ringland, near Bristol, Pa.: Designed and published by W.B., enamel painter, 1808. Twenty hand-colored copperplate engravings, including engraved title depicting "The Capitol at Washington," section title depicting "The View from Springland," and eighteen splendid views of American estates. Letterpress introduction sheet titled "American Seats" and three letterpress sheets with descriptions of the eighteen estates, printed on rectos only (originally issued with the fourth part, but here bound in the first part). Printed subscription notice pasted to inside rear wrapper of first part. Plates with watermarks "T G & Co." and "T. Gilpin & Co./ Brandywine" as called for by Snyder. Oblong folio. Issued in four parts-the first, third, and fourth in original printed wrappers, pen facsimile wrappers to the second part, all four with cloth backstrip. Minor repairs to verso of all four wrappers, light chipping, some wrinkling, minor staining and foxing; front wrapper of second part dampstained, lower edge of rear wrapper of third part reinforced on verso and with small closed tear to lower front wrapper. Plates and text leaves on binding stubs and sewn together through the cloth backstrips, so that binding thread does not touch original sheets. Plate 16 (Belmont) trimmed within the plate mark, window mounted, and with the imprint partially effaced, possibly supplied from the second (or a later) edition. Minor instances of foxing and spotting, and a few plates with expert repairs to versos, otherwise the plates are clean and bright. Overall very good. In a cloth slipcase and chemise, red morocco labels. HOWES B-460. Bennett, p.15. McGrath, p.8. Reese, Stamped with a National Character 2. Jackson, Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, pp.293-99. Sabin 5331. Snyder, "William Birch: His `Country Seats of the United States'" in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol.81, No.3 (July 1957), pp.225-54. First edition of Birch's monumental and rare American color plate book, here with three of the four parts in the original wrappers. Although a more modest production than his Philadelphia views, Birch's volume of illustrations of rural estates still ranks high among American color plate books for its early date and quality of production. The 20 plates are han.