This book came from way back in my family, signed by my great great great grandfather and great great grandfather on the front end pages. If you look online it is very hard find original copies of this spectacularly gorgeous book and I have seen none from 1809 which is the first year Ackermann's Repository was published; they were published from 1809- 1829. This is volume lI.The following was excerpted from the bibliography of Rudolph Ackermann from the British Museum:
Lithographer, publisher. Rudolph Ackermann, born in Saxony; to London 1787; 1792, set up in business as a coachmaker at 7 Little Russell Street, Covent Garden, having already published the first of many books of carriage designs; 1796, moved to 96 Strand where he ran a drawing school for ten years, publishing drawing books; 1797, to 101 Strand (known, from 1798, as "The Repository of Arts") where he sold old master paintings and artists' supplies as well as prints at 220 Strand given as his address in a print published 1803. "The Microcosm of London" (1808-10) and the monthly "Repository of Arts" (1809-29) established his reputation for fine colour plate books. 1809 naturalised. 1816, began to publish lithographs. The print business which Ackermann had established for his eldest son Rudolph at 191 Regent Street (later in Bond Street) survived as Arthur Ackermann & Son.
The beauty of the many hand colored plates is superlative, in execution, color, and design. The fashion designs no doubt came from Paris as did the furnishings. I have not actually read the entire book, being the eye candy addict that I am, but there are lengthy discussions on everything from markets to prices to social events, arts, commerce, politics etc. For the historian of the Regency era, it is a treasure trove. One of the most delightful details of the book is that at the beginning of the chapters it has a collage with real fabric swatches and they are gorgeous, may of the prints look like the inspiration for Pierre Deux prints today. When you think they are from the end of the 1700's beginning 1800's, it is quite amazing. One swatch is printed feathers (see pic). These volumes were compositors of the monthly edition that were published, 2 volumes per year. There are approx. 450 pages.
This is a very rare, very collectable book and I have not seen another original online. There are books upon books that have reprints of the color plates, and if you are lucky enough one can find an original color plate which will alone go for well over $100. I would NEVER think of cutting this book up and lets hope that those came from books that had fallen apart. As to condition, there is some foxing although not bad a t all. The front cover has separated from the spine and needs to be reattached by a professional which is regularly done with exceedingly old books, this one now being over 200 years old. It is finely bound with a marbleized cover and embossed gold print on the spine. I have included many pictures. If you need more specific ones please write and I will email them to you.
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