ROBERTSON, Archibald. A Topographical Survey of the Great Road from London to Bath and Bristol. With historical and descriptive Accounts of the country, Towns, Villages, and Gentlemen's Seats on and adjacent to it; illustrated by perspective views of the most select and picturesque Scenery. With historical and descriptive Accounts of the Country, Towns, Villages, and Gentlemen's Seats on and adjacent to it; illustrated by perspective Views of the most select and picturesque Scenery. To which is added a correct Map of the Country three Miles on each Side of the Road, planned from a Scale of one Inch to a Mile. London, Printed for the author … and William Faden, 1792.
Two volums, 8vo. Contemporary speckled calf, re-backed in the 20th century; pp. , xv, 154; vii, 190. [2, errata], 65 aquatint plates, (in sepia in volume I, black and white in volume II), 11 mostly folded engraved maps; apart from light offsetting from the aquatints and a few minor spots here and there, a very attractive set.
First edition. Archibald Robertson was a Scottish-born artist who later emigrated to the United State where he was to become one of the pivotal figures of the art scene, setting up, together with his brother, the Columbian Academy of Painting in New York, running his own art school and managing the American Academy of the Fine Arts (AAFA) in New York.