London: John Murray, 1840.
Folio. An important album of illustrations showing landscapes and buildings made on site, following Henry Gally Knight’s 1838 work, “The Normans in Sicily.” There are thirty lithographic images, including the title page; twenty-seven are mostly tinted lithographs; three are hand-colored. The lithography is by Hullmandel; the three colored plates are engraved on steel after George Moore. “The drawings were taken from the buildings themselves by a professed architect.” “It is the object of this Work to afford a View of the Architecture of the Normans in Sicily, of the singular difference of the style they employed in Sicily, from that which they employed in any other country, and to explain how that difference arose.” [Preface]. ~~All the plates have guards, one of which has trivial loss. There is light foxing throughout, mostly but not entirely to the borders. In the original binding, half morocco over buckram, with an ornate morocco title label with elaborate gilt decoration. The spine, lettered in gilt, has been discreetly patched.~.