Title: Turner's Rivers of France, with an ...
Publisher: London : the London printing and publishing company / New York : A. W. Gittens
Publication Date: 1880
Book Condition: Very Good
Two volumes bound in one. lxii, 192 printed pages. 12 tissue guarded, fine, steel engraved plates after J.M.W.Turner. Pages are bright, with just some scattered instances of foxing. Upper hinges are cracked yet still remaining firmly bound. 24 x 32 cm. In publisher's green embossed cloth binding with slightly worn printed paper spine label. Corners with just some slight bumping. Extreme edges of lower corners very slightly stained, not affecting the pages within. In the late summer and autumn of 1832, Turner toured the coast, countryside, and urban settlements of northern France, focusing most of his attention on Paris and its satellites, and also on the picturesque banks of the River Seine as it meanders through Normandy. His immediate aim was to gather materials for which he had been commissioned to provide illustrations for the publisher Charles Heath, a two-volume account of a leisurely cruise up the Seine from Le Havre to Troyes as part of the series entitled Turner's Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833-5; in 1880, reissued as Rivers of France). At least two sketchbooks in the Turner Bequest ("Seine and Paris" and "Paris and Environs") are firmly attributed to this tour. This connection has been made primarily because their contents are closely related to the subsequent published illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 4293