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Hindoo Excavations in the Mountain of Ellora - Daniell, Thomas - 1816. 
Printed for Thomas and William Daniell, London 1816 - Oblong folio, pp.  + additional engraved title-page, 24 aquatint plates, and 8 engraved plans. Original dark grey-brown paper boards. Plates a little spotted and with marginal dampstains appearing from plate XVII on, only just touching the platemark towards the end, letterpress leaves toned, some soiling throughout. Board edges worn and in one place consolidated with glue, the volume rebacked with matching brown cloth, hinges neatly relined. The second edition of these illustrations of the ancient cliff-side cave temples at Ellora - reduced versions of the much larger, hand-coloured plates which had formed the first edition of 1803. This is sometimes considered the sixth part of a larger project by Thomas and his nephew William Daniell, titled Oriental Scenery, though the other parts all have that general title on their title-pages. This is sometimes called a 'quarto edition', being much smaller than the first (in which the leaves are over 50 x 70 cm), though it is closer in size to a demy folio, with leaves around 36 x 27cm. The illustrations in this volume, again unlike the other volumes of Oriental Scenery, which are entirely the Daniells' work, are based on the work of James Wales, 'a Scottish artist based at Bombay and Poona, who with his assistants Robert Mabon and Gangaram Tambat had been producing and commissioning sketches and plans of the temple at Ellora. After Wales's death in 1795 the Daniells adapted his sketches (then in the possession of Wales's patron Sir Charles Malet) for the sixth volume of Oriental Scenery' (ODNB). Abbey Travel II 432. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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