Guide Books. by COLE. Henry.

Guide Books.

London: George Bell, 1844. A complete collection of Felix Summerly’s [Henry Cole] early handbooks to places of interest around London, as in print in 1844. Comprising: (1) Hand book for Hampton Court. 2cnd edition. 1843. [first published in 1841.] (2) Handbook for the National Gallery. 1st edition. 1843. (3) Holidays Spent in and near London. 1st edition. 1842. (4) Handbook for Westminster Abbey. 1st edition. 1842. (50 Free Pictures Galleries. 2cnd edition, 1844. (6) Handbook for the City of Canterbury. 1st edition. 1843. (7) A Glance at the Temple. 3rd edition. No date [circa 1844]. (8) Day Excursions out of London. 1st edition. 1843. Folding maps, and numerous illustrations, some tinted. Bound in full brown sheep gilt. All edges gilt. Small book stamp on front pastedown: ‘ex Opie Collection. Binding a little rubbed; one folding plate has a tear, but no loss; else a fine collection of scarce guides. Family association copy. Presented by Henry Cole’s daughters Laetitia and Henrietta to their niece Hilda Margaret Summerly Cole in 1901. The guides were almost certainly originally bound up for Henry Cole himself, the man who more than anyone was responsible for London’s future landmarks, the Albert Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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