Stock No. 1161BC
A Genealogical History of the House of Yvery; In its Different Branches of Yvery, Luvel, Perceval, and Gournay. Two volumes, H. Woodfall jun., 1742. 4º (235 x 145 mm.). Volume I: Books I-V, pp. xxxix, 30, 457 (last page misnumbered 455), mezzotint portrait frontispiece, seventeen genealogical tables hors-texte of which three double-page, three full-page copper engravings, numerous small armorial copper engravings in text. Volume II: Books VI & VII, pp. [4 - To the Reader], 533, eighteen mezzotint portraits, one engraved portrait of Sir Philip Percival by Toms, six double-page genealogical tables hors-texte (one of which folding), six plates, and more small armorial engravings in text; cancels at pp. 445-448 present; 8pp addenda to p. 452 bound in after p. 452. Title-pages printed in black and red. Bound in full nineteenth century red crushed morocco, raised bands within gilt rules, lettered direct, covers with double gilt fillets and corner ornaments, inner dentelles richly gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Pencil signatures of E.H. Lefroy, with the note “Bought at Sotheby’s June 1898″. Some very occasional pale browning to leaves, but a very clean, crisp copy. The bindings with the slightest wear to extremities. A fine set.
James Caulfield remarks in his Calcographiana (1814): “… a very rare book”, and notes that Granger had mentioned a copy selling for four guineas; “What would have been his astonishment to see a copy sell for thirty-two guineas! which was given by the late Mr. Baker at Mr. Fonnereau’s sale.” He adds, “Its chief value consists in seventeen Mezzotinto Portraits of the Percival family; and one engraved by Toms of Sir Philip Percival from a picture by Vandyke, which however seldom appears in the book.” This copy is remarkable and rare in that it contains a total of twenty portraits, the Toms engraving and nineteen mezzotints.