London: J Mead and William Ball, 1841. Hardcover. 50 plates of remarkable London interiors, the highlight of which is the kitchen of the Reform Club, showing women and men cooking together, and designed by Alexis Benoit Soyer (1810 – 1858), a French "celebrity chef" and advocate for the poor who became the most celebrated cook in Victorian England.
Other unusual interiors include the theatre at King's College, the Reading Room at the British Museum, a Meeting of the Anti Slavery Society at Exeter Hall, the Long Room at the Custom House, and the Dilettanti Society at Thatched House Club.
4to, frontispiece, engraved title page, xx, 192pp, 50 steel engraved plates, all edges gilt. Original red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and in blind. Spine strip lacking bottom third, flapping below titler. Boards rubbed and damp stained, the spine ratty, needs a rebind. The front inner hinge inexpertly strengthened. Most of the plates clean and bright, a few with light foxing at margins. As is. Good. Item #22485