Title The Beauties of England and Wales: or, Original Delineations, topographical, historical, and descriptive, of each county. ...
Publisher London: Printed for J. Harris ..., 1813.
Seller ID FF231
Thick 8vo. [iv], 413, 11, ; 300, viii], (5)-208,  pp. Engraved half-title. Original full crimson straight grain morocco, gilt extra, raised bands, all edges gilt; a hint of rubbing. Bookplate of H & F [Hugh Thomas Fattorini] Fattorini. Near fine. WITH A “SPLIT-DOUBLE”, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A “TWO-WAY” FORE-EDGE PAINTING SHOWING TWO BRITISH COUNTY VIEWS: WHEN FANNED LEFT (A) A VIEW OF DEDHAM VALE, SUFFOLK; (B) FANNED RIGHT BEARS A SCENE OF BIRDHAM, SUSSEX. Beautifully painted. Within this volume relating to the topography of various regions in Britain, are Suffolk and Sussex (thus the artist painted view thereof). PROVENANCE: Hugh Thomas Fattorini (-2005), company director, rare book collector and administrator of Skipton Castle, who has died within a few weeks of his 71st birthday, was born in Ilkley, the younger son of Wilfred and Molly Fattorini, both of Skipton. “Hugh now began collecting and dealing in antiquarian books, his special interest being British ornithological subjects with hand-coloured illustrations, on which he became an authority. From 1974 to 1992 he was a non-executive director of Skipton Building Society, and he served from 1984 to 1987 on the committee of the Society for the History of Natural History at the Natural History Museum in London. He was also patron of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Hugh became administrator of Skipton Castle in the late 1980s, succeeding his father Wilfred who died in 1992. He wrote and published the first colour guidebook and had the illustrated tour sheet to be translated into eight languages. He was honoured to give the Prince of Wales a tour during the Prince’s visit to Craven in 1988.” – Read more at: [yorkshirepost.co.uk] First Edition.