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Britannia Illustrata , or views of all the palaces, several seats and other publick buildings of England, very neatly engrave’d [followed by the same title in French]

London: printed and sold by H. Overton, and I. Hoole, at the White Horse without Newgate, 1724
Oblong folio. Title plate, unsigned, and 29 views, unnumbered, 1 signed ‘J. Clark sc. 1724’, 2 signed B. Cole Sculp.’; plate marks c. 165 x 245mm.

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View’s of all the cathedrall churches of England and Wales &c neatly engraved [followed by the same title in French]. Printed & sold by H. Overton & J. Hoole, at the White Horse without Newgate, London [no date].

Oblong folio. Title plate, unsigned and 29 views signed ‘J. Harris fecit’, the view of Fairford Church, Gloucestershire after H. Beighton, 1715 (unlike the other plates this has an extensive caption); platemarks c. 150 x 190mm


Views of the sevaral parts of the palace or castle of Versailles. As likewise of all the fountains, basins, groves, parterras, and other most beautiful parts of the gardens. Wherein are represented whatever are remarkable; as statues, groups, of figures, water-falls, &c. drawn on the spot by order, and with the approbation of the French King. Engraved in the year 1725. printed and sold by H. Overton, and I. Hool [sic], at the White Horse without Newgate, 1725.

Oblong folio. Titleplate signed ‘B. Cole sculp.’ and 29 views of the gardens, unnumbered, 8 signed by Cole, the rest unsigned; platemarks c. 175 x 245.
Condition: 195 x 38mm. Britannia: light soiling and a few short tears in the margins; Cathedrals: some soiling, clean tear in one plate repaired and this and another plate somewhat crudely remargined; Versailles: clean, good strong impres
Binding: Recent half calf. Evidence of former stab sewing.
First editions.

Three rare suites of views. The Versailles views are particularly interesting as they are the source of the more common set of engravings first published by Bowles in 1726 and re-issued several times. Bowles titled his publication Versailles illustratedbut the rest of the title is unashamedly copied from Overton and Hoole’s publication.

Britannia Illustrata
includes a view of ‘The New Building at Cambridge in perspective’ signed J. Clark sc. 1724’ showing the Senate house facing a matching building to house the library which was never built; ‘A prospect of Westminster Hall.’ is a copy of the engraving of the interior showing a row of bookseller’s stalls. Other images are copied from Kip’s famous Britannia Illustrata.

Britannia: COPAC: National Trust (Kedleston Hall and Kingston Lacy); Guildhall. OCLC adds UCLA and Yale.
Cathedrals: COPAC: British Library; OCLC adds Yale.
Versailles: COPAC: National Trust (Kedleston Hall only): OCLC adds V&A, Cal. State, Hunt, Penn, Dumbarton Oaks, Texas, Getty and Yale.