MALTON, James.
A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin. Described in a Series of the most interesting Scenes taken in the Year 1791 [..] With a brief authentic History from the earliest accounts to the Present Time.

Published
[London: ca. 1811].
References
Tooley pp. 166-167; Martin Hardie p. 141; Prideaux pp. 262-263; Abbey Scenery 473; Archer 197.1; Bobins 875; Abbey Life 34 cites an uncoloured copy of this edition; Abbey Life 35 for the 1804 reprint of this work with two additional plates, adding that the engraving and colouring of high quality; Prideaux p. 343 for the first edition also mentions this 1804 edition with two additional plates; Martin-Hardie p. 129; Berlin Kat. 2309 for the edition of 1804.
Plates
25
Binding/Size
L=FOLIO
Value
$25,001-100,000
Ref
5680

Oblong folio, engraved title, dedication, preface (i) and (ii); History of Dublin, pp. 1-18, text 24ll., (no text leaf to plate 16), 5 plans aquatint and engraved, one a key plan of the City of Dublin, uncoloured, 25 magnificent uncoloured aquatint plates drawn and engraved by Malton and dated 1792-1799, with two engraved plans, each text leaf with heraldic aquatint vignette on recto, lacking folding plan of the City of Dublin, 1797 present in the Abbey copy. They remark that this is found in two copies out of five, but as printers and booksellers mentioned in imprint are unrelated to the rest of the book, and as it was not present in a copy examined in the publisher’s binding of boards and priced paper label, which perhaps indicates that it was added after publication by contemporary booksellers and collectors. Later half morocco over green buckram, raised bands in gilt to spine; lettered in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut. The dedication is to John Earl of Westmoreland, Governor of Ireland, and each plate is accompanied by a dedication to a notability. Malton accompanied his father to Dublin, where his father became Professor of Perspective and Geometry. This fine work relating to the City of Dublin, for which James Malton made the drawings himself, was a product of this journey. The original edition produced in parts 1792-1797 and on completion in book form. It is usually found with uncoloured plates, but a few copies do exist with these coloured. Abbey Scenery specifies sepia, which is rare. There are several issues of the plates, the imprints bearing various dates between 1792-97 as above. The final plate, View of Dublin, was from the magazine Phoenix Park. An excellent series of these twenty-five aquatint engravings of the city of Dublin. An outstanding print maker, Malton’s views are the finest and most important series of engravings of Dublin, depicting most of the principal buildings, also with groups of people and scenes of daily life, and they constitute a valuable pictorial record of the capital at the turn of the century. Whilst working in Dublin, Malton exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in London.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Great Court Yard, Dublin Castle.
2. The Parliament House, Dublin.
3. Trinity College, Dublin.
4. College Library, Dublin.
5. Provost's House, Dublin.
6. Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
7. West Front of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
8. Royal Exchange, Dublin.
9. Custom House, Dublin.
10. View of the Law-Courts, looking up the Liffey, Dublin.
11. Tholsel, Dublin.
12. Old Soldiers Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.
13. Royal Infirmary, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
14. Blue-Coat Hospital, Dublin.
15. Lying-In Hospital, Dublin.
16. Rotunda & New Rooms, Dublin.
17. St.Catherine's Church,Thomas Street, Dublin.
18. Marine School, Dublin, looking up the Liffey.
19. Leinster House, Dublin.
20. Charlemont-House, Dublin.
21. Powerscourt-House, Dublin.
22. View from Capel-Street, looking over Essex-Bridge, Dublin.
23. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
24. Barracks, Dublin.
25. View of Dublin, from the Magazine, Phoenix-Park.