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PART[S] 1 - IIII OF THE AUGUST CEREMONIAL OF THE ROYAL CORONATION OF HIS MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY, GEORGE THE FOURTH.
Whittaker, John.

PART[S] 1 - IIII OF THE AUGUST CEREMONIAL OF THE ROYAL CORONATION OF HIS MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY, GEORGE THE FOURTH.

London: Printed by J. Whittaker 1823-[30].
Four parts [only]. 19 plates printed in gold letterpress, stipple engraving with etching and aquatint, and hand-colouring on card paper. Each print measuring 22 x 27”, glazed and framed in gilded frame measuring 28 x 33”. With the four original folders - cloth backed lettered boards as issued, part 4 rebacked, some wear and marking, enclosed in stained fall back box with brass catches and handle. Probably one of only about 40 copies, printed for Subscribers only. ‘A Catalogue of an Extensive Collection of English Books: Offered at the Prices Annexed ...’ By John Bohn pp.432 (listing 7 numbers); Somerset House Gazette, and Literary Museum; Or, Weekly Miscellany ..., Volume 1 edited by William Henry Pyne (Published in 5 parts); Catalogue of the Extensive and Valuable Library of His Royal Highness the ... By Sotheby's (Firm), Frederick Duke of York (3 Nos.); ‘One of seven volumes of the coronation of George IV, printed and published by John Whittaker for subscribers only’ National Trust Collections Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum); Extraordinarily scarce and barely documented in the original parts. With even the great Tooley was unable to confirm exactly how many of the composite parts were issued (he says two, see below). It would seem likely that most of the few sets that were issued were probably split, it would appear that not even the British Library has a set of the parts. The British Museum has an advertisement sheet titled ’Portraits in John Whittaker’s Work on the Coronation of His late Majesty George the Fourth and the Order for Binding’ undated but circa 1830-1.’ Calling for Portrait, Title, Dedication, plates 1-40 of which : Our plates listed below are included as Title, Dedication, 1-12, 18, 29-32, 19 of 43 in total. Intended to be issued in five (or seven according to the National Trust?) parts at seven guineas each, the first appeared in 1823, the second in 1827. Tooley 343 ‘A composite publication two parts out of a proposed five were issued by Sir George Nayler in 1823 and 1827. Bohn acquired the copperplates in 1837, and combining them with the plates of Whitaker’s produced ‘The Coronation of George the Fourth’ first published in 1837 and reissued in 1839.’ ‘... Produced in the context of an equally splendid public event, George IV's coronation on 19 July 1821. Since his estranged wife, Caroline of Brunswick, was held in considerable public sympathy after George IV's attempts to divorce her, a lavish spectacle was needed to rekindle the public's loyalty towards him. Parliament voted the astonishing sum of £240,000 towards the cost of the ceremony (George III's coronation had only cost £70,000). The extravagant costumes for the procession were designed to an Elizabethan and Jacobean theme, to recall England's past heritage. Whittaker's publication was printed in gold throughout, by a technique developed in secret and first used in 1816. The vibrant hand-coloured illustrations below the text help to give a flavour of the procession, though not its strict order. Six copies of this book were printed on vellum for the crowned heads of Europe, but the expense bankrupted Whittaker, despite an initial grant of £5,000. The plates, engraved from originals by the brothers James (1789-1874) and Francis Stephanoff (1790-1860), were later republished by Henry Bohn in Sir George Nayler's 'Coronation of His Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth', published posthumously in 1837.’ Royal Treasures A Golden Jubilee Celebration. Our set Comprising Part I Plate 1: Title Page ‘Ceremonial Coronation of His Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth in the Abbey of St. Peter West Minster Including the Names of the Archbishops, Bishops, Peers, Knights and Principal Officers Who Assisted in that Magnificent Ceremony West-Minster Queen Street Printed by John Whittaker MDCCCXXIII. Printed in gold letters with 7 hand coloured aquatint figures; The King’s Herbswoman Miss Fellowes with her 6 maids Miss Hill, Miss Bond, Miss Walker, Miss Daniell, Miss Collier, Miss Caldwell strewing flowers. Plate 2: “Dedication” ‘To His Most Excellent Majesty King George Fourth This Monument of Art is by Permission most respectfully dedicated by His Majesty’s Dutiful Obedient Servant & Subject John Whiitaker’ Printed in gold letters with 6 hand coloured figures; The Dean of Westminster John Ireland in a rich cape of dark blue carrying St Edward’s Crown on a cushion of cloth of gold, three aldermen Sir J.B. Lamb, R.C. Glynn and Sir C. Hunter; two Knights of Bath Admiral Whitshed and Sir H. Torrens. Plate 3: 1st Page. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with a ten line initial printed in gold with 6 hand coloured figures; two Knights of the Grand Crosses of Bath Sir L. Cole and Sir G. Cockburn, Judge Abbot, Lord Bexley, Hon J. Beckett, Dean of Windsor carrying the Bible. Plate 4: 2nd Page. Beginning with “Choirs” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 5 hand coloured figures; Marquess Londonderry, Marquess Graham, Thomas Baucutt Mash carrying the sword of State and Ring Treasurer, Comptroller. Plate 5: 3rd Page. “Robert Walthman” Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 5 hand coloured figures; an Herald, the Standard of Hanover carried by the Earl of Mayo, attended by his blue costumed page carrying his coronet, Lord Combermere and Lord Maryborough carrying their coronets. Plate 6: 4th Page. “Lieut-Colonel Frazer” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 6 hand coloured figures; Lord Beresford carrying the Standard of Ireland and Earl Lauderdale carrying the standard of Scotland, each attended by their Blue costumed pages carrying their coronets, followed by Viscount Exmouth and Viscount Sidmouth each carrying their own coronets. Part 2. Plate 1: 5th page. “Rear Admiral Codrington” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 4 hand coloured figures; Lord Hill carrying the Royal Standard attended by his blue costumed page carrying his coronet, The Earl of Guildford and Earl of Darnley each carrying their Coronets. Plate 2: 6th page. “Lieut-General” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 4 hand coloured figures; Earl Harcourt carrying the standard of Union Jack attended by his blue costumed page carrying his coronet, followed by the Marquess of Exeter and the Marquess of Buckingham each carrying their coronets. Plate 3: 7th Page. “Privy Council” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 3 hand coloured figures; Marquess Cholmondeley carrying his coronet, the Earl of Harrington bearing a Standard of Hanover attended by his blue costumed page carrying his coronet. Plate 4: 8th page. “Barons” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 4 hand coloured figures; Duke of Montrose, Duke of Argyll, Earl of Westmoreland, Earl of Harrowby all carrying their Coronets. Plate 5: 9th page. “James Everard” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 3 hand coloured figures, comprising the Archbishop of York, in his Rochet with his cap in hand, followed by the Earl of Eldon, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury in his Rochet with his cap in hand. Part 3. Plate 1. 30th page. “Duke of Sussex”. His Royal Highness the Prince Augustus-Frederick Duke of Sussex ... his train borne by Major General OGG. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with the hand coloured figures of the Prince and the Major. Plate 2. 10th page. “William Charles”. Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 3 hand coloured figures; The Sceptre with the cross borne by the Marquess of Salisbury, The Gold Spurs borne by the Lord Calthorpe, the Marquis of Wellesley. Plate 3. 11th page. “Charles Henry” Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 3 hand coloured figures; The first sword borne by the Earl of Galloway, the Curtana borne by the Duke of Newcastle, and the third sword borne by the Duke of Northumberland. Plate 4. 18th page. “Coronation Oath” Coronation Oath. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 3 hand coloured figures; The Patina borne by the Bishop of Gloucester, The Bible borne by the Bishop of Ely, and the Chalice borne by the Bishop of Chester. Part 4. Plate 1. 29th page. “Duke of Clarence” His Royal Highness the Prince William-Henry, Duke of Clarence ... His train borne by Captain Pechell. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 2 hand coloured figures of the Prince and the Captain. Plate 2. 31st page. “Duke of Gloucester” His Royal HIghness William Frederic Duke of Gloucester ... His train borne by Sir A. Murray. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 2 hand coloured figures of the Prince and Sir Murray. Plate 3. 32nd page. “Duke of Leopold” His Royal Highness Leopold George-Frederick Duke of Saxony ...His train borne by Lt-Col. Sir R. Gardiner. Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 2 hand coloured figures of the Prince and Sir Gardiner. Plate 4. 12th page. “Montague” Order of the Procession: Leaf of text printed in gold letters with 2 hand coloured figures; Rt Hon. J.T. Thorpe Lord Mayor carrying the City Sceptre, Lord Gwydyr. ‘N.B. The word in Inverted comma’s are the first [or near] Words of each leaf printed in Gold.’ The Parts and Plate numbers are as issued. The Page Numbers correspond to the single Advertisement leaf held by the British Museum.
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