Record number 06/4110
TitleThe Mansions Of England In The Olden Time By Joseph Nash
ImprintPublished by T. M'Lean, 26, Haymarket Printed by C Hullmandel, A.D. 1839 (- 1849)
Physical Description4 vols.; 538 mm.
Physical Description NoteVols. I-IV: [2] p., engr., [25] pl. - The two pages of lithographed text are not found in all copies.
Content Format NoteVols. I-IV: [Engr., engr. dedic., engr. 'List of Subjects'] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThese four volumes of lithographed plates were published in 1839 (some plates dated 1839), 1840 (some plates dated 1839 or 1840), 1841 (some plates dated 1840 or 1841) and 1849 (some plates dated 1849). (The RIBA catalogues a copy of Volume III that carries no publication-date on its title-plate.) They were joined in 1849 by a smaller fifth volume entitled Descriptions Of The Plates Of The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time. By Joseph Nash. In Four Series. Published By T.M'Lean, 26, Haymarket. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, 26 Haymarket. 1849.

The slightly variant titles of volumes II-IV read: (II) A.D. 1840 The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time By Joseph Nash Second Series 1840. Published by T. M'Lean, 26, Haymarket. Printed by C Hullmandel.; (III) Third Series Mansions Of England In The Olden Time By Joseph Nash Published by T. M'Lean, 26, Haymarket.Printed by C Hullmandel. 1841; (IV) The Mansions Of England in the Olden Time, by Joseph Nash. Fourth Series. A.D. 1849 London: Published by Thomas Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket.

The plates are captioned and show exterior and interior views of 16th-century and 17th-century houses in Britain, peopled with imaginary inhabitants dressed in the costume of the period. They were well received and imitated, and in 1841 were cited in Parliament as a contributory cause of the enthusiasm for visiting old country-houses. The plates are tinted lithographs. Some copies were issued with hand-coloured plates.
Responsibility NoteSeveral plates are signed by J. Nash in the plate, usually with a date. In Volume III four plates carry the signature of C. Hullmandel.

Each volume is dedicated by Joseph Nash, volume I to Lord Francis Egerton, II to the Marquis of Northampton, III to Sir Robert Peel, IV to Prince Albert.
SubjectArchitecture - Houses - Country houses - Great Britain - History - 16th century - 17th century - Renaissance - Elizabethan - Jacobean
Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesRoyal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no.2237, p.1216-7; R.V. Tooley, English Books With Coloured Plates 1790 To 1860 A Bibliographical Account of the most Important Books illustrated by English Artists in Colour Aquatint and Colour Lithography (new ed., 1973), no. 337, p.274-5; Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue (1953), no. 402. M. Twyman, Lithography 1800-1850 (1970).

P. Mandler, The fall and rise of the stately home (1997).
Copy NoteIn Volume IV the two pages of lithographed text (dedication and 'List of Subjects') are bound in before the title-plate.
Binding Note19th-century quarter black morocco, blue watered-cloth-covered boards, upper covers of volumes I-III lettered '(Second (Third)) Series Of) Nash's Mansions Of England In The Olden Time'; spines of volumes I-IV lettered 'Nash's Mansions Of The Olden Time (Second (-Fourth) Series.)'.
ProvenancePurchased in 1868 (see 'Report on the Library', RA Annual Report for 1868, Appendix No. 6, p. 31).
Variant TitleA.D. 1840 The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time
Third Series The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time
Contributors Nash, Joseph, 1809 - 1878, draughtsman, lithographer
McLean, Thomas, fl. 1837?after 1880?, publisher
Hullmandel, Charles Joseph, 1789 - 1850, lithographic printer
Ellesmere, Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of, 1800 - 1857, dedicatee
Northampton, Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd marquess of, 1790 - 1851, dedicatee
Peel, Robert, 2nd Baronet, 1788 - 1850, dedicatee
Albert, Prince, Consort of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819 - 1861, dedicatee
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