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A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China
London: for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and William Daniell,, 1810. Landscape folio (353 x 248 mm). Recent green half calf, decorative gilt spine, dark red label. marbled sides, blue-green speckled edges. 50 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Thomas and William Daniell, on thick paper, mounted on guards, each with accompanying text, bound horizontally as usual. A number of stubs reinforced with archival tape, occasional foxing and light soiling in blank margins, one leaf of letterpress with tape repair to closed-tear. A very good, clean copy. First edition, text and plates watermarked 1808. Originally issued in ten parts, this is one of the most famous books on the scenery of China and India to come out of the Golden Age of British aquatint. In 1784, Thomas Daniell (1749–1840) "received permission from the East India Company to travel as 'engraver' to India with his nephew William Daniell (1769–1837) as his assistant/apprentice. They left England on 7 April 1785 and arrived in Calcutta via Canton early in 1786" (ODNB). The result was this splendidly illustrated account, that includes views of Madeira, Java, Macao, Canton, the Cape of Good hope, Malaysia, Calcutta, and the Bay of Bengal; in addition, there are twenty two plates dedicated to Chinese subjects. "The aquatints of India by Thomas and William Daniell have been continuously popular ever since their publication between 1795 and 1810 … A Picturesque Voyage consisted of 50 aquatints depicting the places visited by the artists on their various journeys to and from China and to India. Five views show their approach to Calcutta and the city itself. The publication of these aquatints had been a mammoth task. The two artists prepared almost all the plates themselves. [William came to be regarded as] one of the greatest aquatinters of the 19th-century … The Daniells' Indian aquatints soon made an impact on the British public and on British culture at a number of different levels" (Archer).
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