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Twenty four views taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia & Egypt.
London William Miller 1809 - Atlas volume, broadsheet folio (76 x 56 cm). Aquatint title incorporating dedication, printed in sepia, 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates by D. Havell, J. Hill and J. Bluck, supervised by Robert Havell, after Salt, on thick Whatman paper with watermarks of 1806, mounted on guards and interleaved throughout, these watermarked 'Ruse & Turners 1805', the two Egyptian plates still with good margins. (Title with faint spotting and marginal soiling, plate 23 'View of Grand Cairo' with spotting in sky, a few other plates with minor insignificant marginal spotting.) Modern half calf over contemporary marbled boards, contemporary large dark-red morocco gilt label on upper cover. FIRST EDITION. A VERY FRESH, CLEAN COPY OF THE COMPLETE SET OF SALT'S VERY FINE LARGE FORMAT VIEWS. Salt visited the Cape, India, and the Red Sea. In Calcutta, the party was entertained by the Governor-General, Marquis Wellesley (the dedicatee of the present work) and then travelled to Benares, Lucknow, Ceylon and Madras. Salt then explored the Red Sea, returned to Bombay and Poona, to the Red Sea again, before making an extensive excursion into the Abyssinian highlands, here represented by six views. Contemporary advertisements make clear that the work was designed to be similar in size and presentation to the plates of Thomas and William Daniell's great work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808): the undoubted artistry of Salt and his engravers has ensured that this work is a worthy successor. A quarto text volume, with the same title, was published by Miller in the same year. The plates include fine views of Chowringhee; the fort of Jaunpur; 2 aquatints of Lucknow including the mosque in the Great Imambara; the great Temple at Tanjore; Poona; the Chaitya Cave; 2 fine aquatints of Cairo; Cape Town, etc. Abbey Travel II, 515 (late issue with text volume); Tooley 440 (the text 'is not important and the work is usually to be found without it') [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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