Anecdotes of painting in England … collected by the late Mr George Vertue … digested and published from his original MSS by the Honourable Horace Walpole … with considerable additions by the Rev.James Dallaway.
London, “printed at the Shakespeare Press, by W.Nicol, for John Major, Fleet Street, and Robert Jennings, Poultry” 1828.
Large 8vo. 5 vols. xxii + (1) + 367 + (1)pp, 14 engr plates, 1 full-page woodcut ill not included in pagination, 4 other woodcut ills ; (8) + 414 + (6)pp, 17 engr plates, 19 woodcut ills (1 full-page) ; (8) + 312 + (8)pp, 17 engr plates, 35 woodcut ills (1 full-page) ; xxv + (3) + 326 + (6)pp, 16 engr plates, 16 woodcut ills (1 full-page) ; (8) + viii + 382pp, 16 engr plates, 10 woodcut ills (1 full-page). Contemporary quarter morocco, the spines neatly repaired for minor damage at their tops. Some spotting to plates, with offsetting on title leaves, but essentially a good set, with the text pages in clean, fresh condition.
The most widely read edition of Walpole’s Anecdotes in nineteenth-century Britain, made more user-friendly than earlier editions by the fact that it is in a slightly larger format and by the addition of illustrations, new editorial notes and a better index (at the end of vol.5).