Reverend Francis Orpen Morris was an Irish clergyman, notable as "parson-naturalist" (ornithologist and entomologist) and as the author of many children's books and books on natural history and heritage buildings. Morris' books were mostly published by Groombridge & Sons, of London. His first best-seller was A History of British Birds which was published from June 1850 in monthly parts over a period of some seven years. A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds, A History of British Butterflies and A History of British Moths followed in rapid succession. The final work which Fawcett, Morris and Lydon would do together was The County Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland.

This publication contains magnificent views of the homes of the British nobility featuring English castles, mansions, and estates. The lavish aquatints depict Windsor Castle, Berkshire; Park Place, Berkshire; Billingbear, Berkshire; Frogmore House, Berkshire; Wanstead House, London; Kings Weston, Near Bristol; Cassiobury, Hertfordshire; Buckingham House, Middlesex; Holland House, Middlesex; Chiswick House, Middlesex; Sion House, West London; Blenheim, Oxfordshire (2); Holkham Hall, Norfolk; Burghley House, Northamptonshire; Richmond Hill, South London; Corsham House, Wiltshire; Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire; Longleat, Wiltshire, and Pantheon and Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire.

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First published in parts between 1864? and 1880 under title: The county seats of the noblemen and gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland.--Cf. Morris, p. 59. Published in 1880, according to Morris, M.C.F. Benjamin Fawcett: colour printer and engraver. Oxford, 1925, p. 62.

Prints after drawings by A.F. Lydon.--Cf. William Duck Collection list.

6 volumes, 4to, large folio (18 13/16 x 13 1/8 inches; 478 x 335 mm.) with publisher's full pictorial maroon morocco stamped elaborately in gilt. Cover-title: County seats of the noblemen & gentlemen of Great Britain & Ireland

6 chromolithograph title pages and 234 chromolithograph plates on J Whatman Turkey Mill paper, watermarked 1811, 1812, 1813, 1817, 1818, & 1823; text is on J Whatman paper, watermarked 1811.

Contains the seventh and final volume which contained only facsimile autographs of the subscribers.


Abbey Scenery 395; Tooley 253; Bobins II, 662

Publisher: London, Edinburgh, Dublin, William Mackenzie




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Date Added: 2019-04-09

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