The 'Bath Rose' is a beautiful item of antique ephemera. This small folding lithographed pink rose opens out to reveal approx 32 steel engraved vignette views of the Regency Spa town of Bath, England. Engraved by James Gray, printed by C. Adler's Printing Establishment, Hamburg for retailing by Joseph Myers and Co, 144 Leadenhall, London.
Opening this pretty fan like rose we see a snap shot of all of the 18th and 19th century popular tourist destinations in Bath including of course The Assembly Rooms, The Grand Pump Room, The Circus, Lansdown Crescent, Great Pulteney Street, Queen Square, Bath Proprietary College (now the Holburne Museum), Prior Park, Box Tunnel and many, many more of your favorite Bath destinations all handpicked to appear on this English rose.
The ancient World Heritage town of Bath, England is famous for its Celtic, Saxon and medieval roots. Also its local honey colored stone architecture including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent and The Circus to name but a few. Also for its natural hot springs and Roman era baths which made it a hugely popular spa resort during the Georgian period. If you were rich and famous or simply wanting to be fashionable, you had to visit the metropolis of Bath because it was simply THE place to be seen. It had the latest shops - Josiah Wedgwood setting up showrooms here to promote his latest wares. It had fantastic dancing facilities with two sets of assembly Rooms for dancing, Bath also offered great Gambling facilities and for those with healthier vices, not forgetting the water that was purported to be so good for one's health. A few of Bath's most notable visitors and residents were Charles I's wife Catherine of Braganza who took the waters, Queen Elizabeth 1, Samuel Pepys, Queen Anne, Beau Nash, William Herschel the astronomer who discovered Uranus, Lord Horatio Nelson, Charles Dickens a frequent visitor and of course Jane Austen who lived in bath and danced at The Assembly Rooms. Oh dear, we could go on but hopefully you get the feel for this magnetic place.....
Size: Folded 5 1/82 (13 cm) by 2.75" (6.5 cm) at its widest point. Opened out fully the eight cut paper petals measure approx 10" (26 cm) diameter.
Condition: 157 year old paper is fragile, especially when it has been designed to be opened and folded, opened and folded. There are not any holes or foxing to the paper but the folded joints are delicate with a small stem breakage seen from the front of the rose. Very minor folding to the top tips of a few outer edges. One or two small areas of missing colored leaf seen to the reverse of the rose.
We will be truly sad to part with this item as it is a scarce little gem, displaying one of THE most sought after of British towns. This will make the perfect gift for the Bath resident, Georgian period enthusiast, ephemera collector or Jane Austen fan....it is beautiful!
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