Malton’s rare work inscribed by a relative of the author to Queen Victoria’s obstetrician

By MALTON, Thomas, 1810 
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  • Author: MALTON, Thomas
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: White & Co., and Oxford: H. Smith
  • Publication date: June 4th 1810.
  • Physical description: Folio. Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Malton, engraved title-page and 60 engraved aquatints and etchings, some in proof state without titles, scattered spotting to a few plates. Inscribed by a relative of the author to Sir Charles Locock Bart. with Captn Malton’s kindest regards, Nov 1860’ in ink to front free endpaper, Early nineteenth-century half green morocco, extremities rubbed, backstrip with gilt ruled raised bands, title direct in second compartment, remainder gilt panelled. Green morocco-grain cloth sides, gilt title to centre of upper board, marbled endpapers and edges.
  • Inventory reference: 16466

Notes

One of the rarest of the illustrated books on Oxford, the first edition contained twenty-four aquatints originally published in four parts with six plates to each part. Malton died in 1804 and the work was therefore left unfinished, six more plates for the next part having been prepared in etched outline only. In 1810 the entire work was re-printed including the six unfinished etchings and occasionally a mezzotint portrait of Malton. 

Provenance

1. Inscribed by Captain Malton’ to Sir Charles Locock
Sir Charles Locock, 1st Baronet (21 April 1799–23 July 1875) was an obstetrician to Queen Victoria. He is also credited with the introduction of potassium bromide as a treatment for epilepsy.
2. Bookplate of Sir Manson M Beeton
3. Bookplate of Sir Richard Farrant 

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