The Monumental Effigies of Great Britain; Selected from our Cathedrals and Churches, for the Purpose of Bringing Together, and Preserving Correct Representations of the Best Historical Illustrations Extant, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of Henry the Eighth.
London: Printed by J. M'Creery for the Author, 1817-1832. 23, 112,  pp. + plate Illus. with a richly colored and gilt frontis, one portrait, a second frontis for the introduction, one unnumbered and 144 numbered color & duotone plates, plus 9 vignettes. Folio. Contemporary three quarter red morocco over marbled boards, five raised bands, gilt title, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Large paper edition. Alfred John Kempe, intro. and descriptions. "Charles Alfred Stothard (1786 -1821), antiquarian draughtsman... published... the Monumental Effigies of Great Britain, a work designed to portray the changes in English costume from the twelfth century to the reign of Henry VIII. The work was issued in twelve parts, each consisting of twelve separate plates, of which the first ten were prepared by Stothard himself; the last two, issued after his death, were the work of other artists. The letterpress was supplied by his friend and brother-in-law, the antiquary Alfred John Kempe, and the last number appeared in 1832. The Effigies became an important sourcebook for Victorian historical genre painters in their search for accurate details of historical costumes.... Its continuing usefulness was evident when a new edition, with considerable additions, edited by John Hewitt, was published in 1876." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: article 26602). A very good copy with wear at spine ends, boards scuffed with wear along edges, occasional foxing or soiling, colors brilliant, binding tight. Lowndes, p. 2524. Brunet V, 554. Lipperheide 992. ODNB 26602. (#37815)