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HALFORD, Captain Charles Augustus Drake.
Sketches in the Crimea.
Dickinson Bros, London, 1856. Very rare and lovely album comprising views of Sebastopol, Balaklava, Kadikoi, the Tchenaya river and others. The plates also include, unusually, a view of the interior of a wooden hut, which in the spring of 1855 began to replace tents, as these had proved inadequate against the elements during the previous winter. The plates were lithographed after original drawings, which did not repeat what other artists may have published at the time, but which bring a different perspective to the "seat of the war". The drawings are due to Captain Charles Augustus Drake Halford (1831-1907), who served in the 5th Dragoon Guards during the Crimean War. Roger Fenton took a number of photographs of Captain Halford that can today be found, among others, in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Royal Collection. The work was published by Dickinson Brothers, a leading Victorian printing and publishing firm based in London. They added, the same year, to the fashion of views and reports from the Crimean War and issued another series of views in the same format, after drawings by Sir Henry James Warre (1819 - 1898). Both titles are very rare, HalfordÂ’s even more so: we could trace no records of this title at auction in the past 35 years. Only three copies were traced in public institutions: in the collections of the Brown University library, Ohio University and the British Library. It was also absent from the comprehensive Abbey collection. Description: Landscape 8vo. (19.5 x 27.7 cm). Lithographed title and 13 tinted lithographed plates; light soiling … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: PY Rare Books [London, United Kingdom]
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