LEWIS, [Frederick Christian]. ~ The World turned upside down. In Twenty-eight Plates. From the Designs of Giuseppe Salviati, engraved, by F. C. Lewis … London: [B. Watts] published by John & Arthur Arch, R. Triphook and F.C. Lewis., 1822.
8vo (190 × 148 mm), ff. 31, plus endpapers, 28 etched vignettes. Very light browning. Publishers’ drab printed wrapper. Spine and short marginal tears expertly repaired. Early inscription (?German) to head of upper cover.
First edition, a rare and unusual children’s book, with fine engravings after the sixteenth-century drawings by Giuseppe Porta (known as ‘Salviati’).
‘Lewis developed into one of the most prolific, skilled, and versatile printmakers of his time. He was commissioned by William Young Otley to reproduce master drawings for the three-volume work The Italian School of Design, published between 1808 and 1823, and he engraved after works by such prominent contemporary artists as Sir Thomas Lawrence, Thomas Girtin, Franz Winterhalter, Sir Edwin Landseer, Richard Bonington, and J. M. W. Turner’ (Oxford DNB)
The subscribers list includes Francis Douce, William Young Ottley, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Rogers and Dawson Turner. The book was issued in two forms: on large paper with the illustrations as plates on India paper, and, as here, in chapbook form with illustrations and text combined. Both are are.