TOWNSHEND, Chauncey Hare A Descriptive Tour in Scotland; by T. H. C. Brussels, Hauman and Co., 1840.
8vo. Slightly later scarlet morocco, ornamented and lettered in gilt, spine with raised band, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, housed in a 20th-century custom-made morocco-backed drop-back box; pp. , x, 393, 12 handcoloured lithographic plates after the authror's drawings, hinges a little tender, occasional light spotting, otherwise an attractive copy of a scarce work.
First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author at head of title to the Countess of Ossalinski.The poet and collector Townshend was acquainted with Southey and Wordsworth, and a friend of Dickens. 'For long periods Townshend lived abroad for health reasons. When in London (about two months each summer), he dined regularly with Dickens, who also visited Townshend in his Lausanne villa' (ODNB). This tour of Scotland in epistolary form is a proper travelogue with observations on art and architecure, landscape and people encountered. - The book is usually found with uncoloured plates.