SWINBURNE, Henry. Picturesque Tour through Spain, Embellished with Twenty Engravings, by Watts, Medland, Angus, Mitan, &c. London, Edward Orme, 1806.
Oblong large folio. Contemporary red half-morocco over marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece in gilt to front cover; engraved vignette half-title, printed title, dedication leaf, 20 engravings after the author's drawings, each accompanied by a text leaf, pp. 22 of narrative of the tour; endpapers renewed, half-title with expertly repaired tear, final leaf with old repair at inner margin; apart from light toning in places, a very clean and fresh copy.
The best illustrated edition of the first British plate book on Spain. The plates show Burgos, Vale of Margal, Valencia, the Bridge of Perpignan in Roussillon, Seville in Andalusia, Duenas in Old Castille, Granada, Miranda Del Ebro, Montesa; the Generaliffe, Le Fort de Bellegarde, Castle of La Puebla in Biscay; Gate of Valencia, Barcelona from inland; Castle of the Navas of Tolosa in Andalusia, Madrid from the Park of the Casa Del Campo, the Tower of Almenara, Oropesa, the Moorish Queen's Private Apartment in the Alhambra, Toledo and Malaga.
The book had appeared first in 1779 with the full text of the travel narrative and 13 plates. The plates were commissioned by Orme for this edition and later sold on to Stockdale, who printed them less sharply, partly because they had been used previously.