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  BOOKS 

BOWLES, Carington. [A scarce set of city views presented as a contemporary board-mounted booklet]
Book 9: Twelve Views of Cities. Douze Vües de Villes. London: Carington Bowles, c.1780. Original colour. Twelve etchings, each sheet 180 x 280mm, each laid on card, stitched with canvas trim. Light wear on front illustration (Rotterdam),binding cord replaced.
Twelve numbered European city views, titled in English and French, including London, Venice, Valletta, Gdansk and Constantinople. It was 'Book 9' of 31 sets of prints published by Carington Bowles between 1771-85, which his catalogue of 1784 described as 'Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured'. The set is: 1. A View of Rotterdam and the River Muese, with variety of shipping. Vüe de Rotterdam et de la Meuse, avec divers vaisseaux. [&] 2. A General View of the City of Amsterdam, from the Tye. Vüe Generale de la Ville d'Amsterdam, du Coté du Tye. [&] 3. A General View of the City of Madrid, the Capital of Kingdom of Spain. Vüe Generale de Madrid Ville Capitale du Roicaume d'Espagne. [&] 4. A General View of the City of Constantinople. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Constantinople. [&] 5. A General View of the City of Paris, taken from an Eminence in the Village of Chaillot. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Paris, de la hauteur du Village du Chaillot. [&] 6. A General View of the City of Venice. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Venice. [&] 7. A General View of the City and Fortification of Malta. Vüe Generale de la Ville et des Fortification de Malte. [&] 8. A General View of the City of Naples. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Naples . 9. A General View of the City of Lisbon. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Lisbon. [&] 10. A General View of the City of Dantzick. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Dantzick. [&] 11. A General View of the City of Florence, from the Convent of Capuchins at Montuge. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Florence, du Convent des Capucins à Montugi. [&] 12. A General View of the City of London, taken from the Bowling Green at Islington. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Londres, du Boulin Grin à Islington. On the reverse is an ink ownership inscription: 'Capt.n Harrison 11th Royal Veterans'. The Royal Veteran Battallions were founded in 1802, primarily as a 'Home Guard' during the Napoleonic Wars. The 11th Battalion, raised in 1807, were stationed on Guernsey, Winchelsea, Bexhill and the Isle of Man. However in 1812: three companies were sent to garrison Anholt, a Danish island captured by the British in 1809 in order to restore the important lighthouse turned off by the Danes to hinder British convoys. The 11th was disbanded in June 1815, a matter of days after the Battle of Waterloo.
[Ref: 14995]    £6,000.00 ($7,950 • €6,756 rates)


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