Brussels, 1823. 7 x 9. Title, portrait, xii, (1), 303 hand-written pages. The wove paper is watermarked J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1822. Each page is within a pen-work architectural border (displaying great variety) with wide margins. A full page with wide ornamental borders opens each Season. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, covers with floral borders, smooth spine gilt, turn-ins & all edges gilt.Offsetting from the silk pastedowns, tips worn, name eradicated from blank, an occasional spot in the text; but a clean, crisp copy in a handsome binding. Item #13978
Unique calligraphic manuscript attributed to George MacKay of Brussels. The attribution is penciled on a blank. What appears to be Mackay's signature is (upside down) on the verso of xii. MacKay seems to have been a talented amateur, who must have had a severe case of writer's cramp after this prodigious effort. Provenance: Cornelius J. Hauck (who purchased the book from Harry A. Levinson in 1953).