The book – of which there are now just 119 copies in existence – had been given to Lady Hertford by her lover the Prince of Wales, who later became King George IV. Experts believe that the book could have fetched about £7m at auction today if it had been kept intact.
Its images include six birds which are now extinct. Of the copies left, 107 are believed to be in collections at institutions while the remaining 12 are in private hands.
Temple Newsam House, in Leeds is now open to visitors and the drawing room with the ‘special wallpaper’ can now be seen.
National Library of Scotland
The HLA layer has been deliberately coloured to closely match the six main categories of the 1930s Land Utilisation Survey and shows striking changes in Scotland’s land use during the 20th century, including afforestation and expanding urban areas. At the local level, new reservoirs, roads, and significant changes to patterns of farming can be seen.
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