London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843.
Large octavo, 364 pages.
Half-calf and marbled boards; gilt-tooled spine bands; leather title label; covers scuffed and worn; front inner hinge a little tender (but binding remains firm); leading edge of a number of leaves lightly stained (not affecting text); later pencilled ownership signature; a presentable copy.
From the amusing opening 11 pages on the rebuilding of London's Houses of Parliament (referencing but not naming, the feud between Neoclassical and Neogothic architects) to a comical evening's gossip with a painter, and a four year's residence in Italy. Edward Villiers Rippingille (c.1790-1859) 'was an English oil painter and watercolourist who was a member of the informal group of artists which has come to be known as the Bristol School. In that group he was a particularly close associate of both Edward Bird and Francis Danby' (Tate website).