To His Royal Higness the Prince Albert These Views of The Coliseum, Rome, are Dedicated By Permission with the Greatest Respect, By His Royal Highness's Most Obedient Humble Servant. W. B. Cooke
Cooke, W.B.

Pentonville, London UK: Published for the Proprietors By W. B. Cooke, 1841. F (2) + 14 pages of views of the Coliseum in Rome, collated complete, assembled in this form by William Bernard Cooke (1778 - 1855) of the Cooke family (per. c. 1800-1865), engravers, artists, and publishers who came to prominence with W.B. Cooke's work.; his "...dealings with Turner and John Constable show him to have had a keen business sense...reputation rested on topographical, especially marine or coastal, subjects, and on antiquarian interests. .." (John Munday writing on the Cooke family and their artistry in the ODNB) From the preface: "These Views representing the bold features and vast proportions of the Coliseum at Rome owe their origin to some spirited Sketches taken during a Tour in Italy by Colonel Cockburn of the Royal Artillery. The effects of that portion of the Work have been heightened by the pencil of David Roberts Esq.r R.A. The Collection has been further strengthened by some splendid Drawings recently made at Rome by W.L. Leitch, Esq.r and by an elaborate View of the Interior of this immense fabric by Charles Barry Esq.r Arch.t" Plates include; View of the East entrance and the Pope's Buttress, by Leitch, engraved by R. Sands; View in the Arena, looking toward the West Entrance, D. Roberts from Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; View from the upper or third Tier of Arches which surrounded the Edifice, looking out, Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; General View of the Interior seen from the Upper Corridor, D. Roberts from Charles Barry eng. By R. Sands; Ruins in the upper Corridor, D. Roberts from Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; Exterior View taken near the west Entrance the Meta Sudans on the left, D. Roberts from Cockburn eng. By R. Sands; View from the inner circle of Arches on the ground floor, looking across the Arena, by Leitch, eng. By Sands; The west Entrance to the Arena, Cockburn eng. By J.C. Allen; View in the upper Corridor, Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; One of the lower Corridors, near the Pope's Buttress, Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; The upper Corridor, Cockburn eng. By W.B. Cooke; View from the second Tier of inner Arches looking over the Arena, Leitch from Cockburn, eng. By Sands; Exterior View taken from the top of the Temple of Peace, Leitch from a sketch by A. Ytennie eng. Sands; Interior of the Arena, taken during the excavations in 1813, Roberts after Pomiardi, eng. By R. Sands. The entire production printed on heavy paper stock. A large and heavy portfolio, about 8 pounds with the shipping Approx. 15 " x 21 " size; original olive-green patterned watered-cloth covered boards, leather spine; gilt title and decorative surround on top cover; gilt title on spine. Condition: Board tips worn-through; leather spine covering chipped away at top & bottom 25%, binding rubbed. Lehigh University oval stamp at top right corner of title page, old pencil call numbers, old ink number at top of the plate inventory page, and their small cancel stamp at the front & back endpapers; no other library markings. Title page and plates foxed, spotted, mostly marginally; several plates had been mounted at some point and have the residue of such at back and one with tape marks on the front margin. Plate 11 with edge-tears and one corner frayed, closed tear just into the image at top. Plate 14 corners chipped away and with old mounting residue in corners, margin, short closed tear outside the plate mark. In general, about half the plates very good, the others fair to good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25210)


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