- One double-p. plate loose; a few plates (sl.) yellowed and the fold. plan (sl.) foxed, otherwise contents w. only some occas. minor imperfections/ foxing. Binding rubbed/ worn along extremities.
= Unique collection of topographical plates published mainly by the famous Amsterdam publishing house Frans Buffa & Zonen/ François Buffa & Fils, situated on the Kalverstraat (and depicted on one of the views!), ±1825-1855. The plates depicting city views, castles and country estate are from various separately published series/ works and are arranged by city and area, interspersed with costume plates from the respective regions. The album contains 77 views of Amsterdam (and surroundings), incl. an extremely rare and magnificent series of 8 double-p. panoramic views of Amsterdam (±28x46 cm.) by the French artist N.M.J. CHAPUY (1790-1858) (for which the artist had to climb up to the roofs of the Royal Palace on the Dam square, the Munt tower and the Zuiderkerk), 34 plates (mainly) after C. SPRINGER from Nieuwe Gezigten van Amsterdam en Omstreken (±1850; other plates present from this work are 2 views of Haarlem, 1 of Leyden and 1 of Delft, all after J. WEISSENBRUCH), 30 aquatint plates "Vue d'Amsterdam (...)" after C. DE KRUYF, from Vues choisies d'Amsterdam et ses environs (1824-1825) and 6 other plates i.a. by H. GRE(E)VEN/ THIERRY FRÈRES; a COMPLETE SERIES of 20 numbered costume plates after H. GREEVEN, Collection des costumes des provinces Septentrionales du Royaume des Pays Bas (1829); 24 views of castles and country estates in Gelderland from Kasteelen en Buitenplaatsen in het Koningrijk der Nederlanden (...) Chateaux et Campagnes (...) (1850-1854); 7 views of Haarlem, 3 of Leyden, 3 of Delft and 4 of Utrecht from Hoofdgebouwen en gezichten der voornaamste steden van Holland naar de natuur geteekend. Monuments et vues (...) (after i.a. P. LAUTERS and G. CRAEYVANGER, ±1850); 6 half-p. numbered views of Rotterdam, lithogr. by C.W. MIELING; 7 views of The Hague, w. the addresses of Frans Buffa and V. van Gogh Jr. (The Hague), and w. captions similar to the views in Nieuwe Gezigten van Amsterdam en Omstreken. The small plans are from A.J. VAN DER AA, Handboekje voor reizigers door ons vaderland (1849); the folding "Nouveau Plan d'Amsterdam. 1852", bound at the end, is engr. by VAN BAARSEL & TUYN. The remaining 7 costume plates are from Album de Costumes des Pays-Bas Dedié à sa Majesté la Reine des Pays-Bas (±1848). A unique and highly desirable album with plates in exquisite handcolouring, giving a wonderful picture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and especially Amsterdam, as it was in the first half of the nineteenth century. A complete list of all the plates with their respective titles/ captions is available on request. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS PLATE CXLV.