Smith, Elder & Co., Cornhill, Booksellers to their Majesties, 1st.ed., 1836. Viii + 128 pp., + frontis, vignette, & 38 other guarded engraved plates. Bound in full morocco ; richly gilt-tooled spine (with fouled anchors, shells, crown, dolphins, etc.) ; richly gilt-tooled front & rear boards with centre device (entwined dolphins around a trident, surrounded by oak leaves) & flower & leaf corner pieces ; inner gilt dentelles ; all edges gilt. 24 x 17cm. Some foxing as usual & some rubbing of joints o/w a tight, sound copy in an exceptionally Fine Publisher's Binding in Nr.FINE condition. Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) was a renowned painter born in Sunderland. He quickly gained a reputation for his fine art, and he illustrated books for his friends Charles Dickens and Captain Frederick Marryat. Watercolours, oils and engravings were produced in remarkable numbers as Stanfield's career developed, and it was Edward Cooke who steered his interest as a marine artist. In 1836 Stanfield produced his own Coast Scenery : Views in the British Channel which he dedicated to William IV. Here he provides charming views of the coast of France & the Channel Islands, up the English coast of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent. Engravings are accompanied by a detailed narrative and include Falmouth Harbour ; Dartmouth ; Portsmouth Harbour ; the Semaphore, Portsmouth ; Rye Old Harbour ; a Martello Tower ; Boulogne Harbour ; Dover Pier ; the Eddystone Lighthouse ; etc. Bound in the exceptionally fine publisher's binding.