[ANGAS, George Fife]. ROSS, M. and William COLLARD
Architectural and Picturesque Views in Newcastle upon Tyne; comprising Accurate Delineations of the Various Splendid Improvements which have recently been effected. Engraved by William Collard ... With Historical and Descriptive Notices by M. Ross ..
Newcastle, W. Collard and W. & T. Fordyce, 1842.
Quarto, [ii] (title page, verso blank), 94 pages with 4 vignette illustrations plus a frontispiece map, an additional engraved title page with a vignette illustration, and 29 full-page engraved plates with tissue-guards.
Original quarter leather and cloth, all edges gilt; the leather is lettered in gilt, and decorated with two small printer's devices; the cloth is heavily decorated in blind both front and rear, with the title in gilt on the front cover; expert restoration to the spine (retaining most of the original material); slight wear to the corners; leading edge of the title leaf very lightly chipped; a trifling spot to the leading margin of a few plates; overall an excellent copy, with the plates in fine condition.
Mounted on the front pastedown is a large leather label (80 x 177 mm), printed in gilt within a decorative gilt border, presenting the book 'To the Honorable George Fife Angas. Of Adelaide in South Australia. In testimony of his unwearied exertions in promoting the social, intellectual, and religious interests of the rising generation, in connexion with the Sunday School Union of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This volume is by the Committee and a few of his former associates, presented. July 1st 1858'. George Fife Angas (1789-1879) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and the family had deep connections with the city. Although he had emigrated to South Australia in 1851, it was soon after he was elected to the first Legislative Council under responsible government in 1857 that 'his brother Joseph's fatal illness took him to England. He returned in September 1859' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Presumably, this book was presented to him on that visit.