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Ham's Five Views of the Gold Fields of Mount Alexander and Ballarat
Melbourne,: Thomas Ham, 1852.. Oblong folio, with five tinted lithographic plates, each preceded by a page of letterpress commentary, original tissue guards; some very minor spotting but very -good, stitch-sewn in the original engraved pictorial wrapper, in very good original condition; in a specially made quarter calf burgundy solander case. An excellent copy of one of the best goldfields plate books, the earliest substantial pictorial record of the Victorian goldfields. Rare in any condition, this is a fine fresh copy in the original tinted wrappers. Three of the five full page lithographic plates have original hand tinting.David Tulloch arrived in Melbourne in 1848, and obtained work with Thomas Ham the publisher. His first drawings were used in the Illustrated Australian Magazine, a unique periodical that brought together a coterie of artist-engravers for the first time in the colony. The Magazine broke up, Ham commented in the last of three issues, because so many of his contributors had lit out for the gold fields, making this work by Tulloch a fascinating postscript to the demise of the journal.Considered to be some of Tulloch's best work, the scenes at the gold fields are well-suited to the large format (indeed, Wantrup comments that the work is recorded as being the 'first Victorian plate book published in a large format').The views are-1. Golden Point, Ballarat, 1851.2. Golden Point, Mt. Alexander.3. Commissioner's Tent & Officers' Quarters, Forest Creek, Decr. 1851.4. Great Meeting of Gold Diggers Decr. 15th, 1851.5. Forest Creek, Mt. Alexander.Wantrup , 253.
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