• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    BLAGDON, Francis William (1778-1819). A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, from the earliest periods of Antiquity to the Termination of the late Mahratta war. -- DANIELL, William (1769-1837) and Francis Swain WARD (1736-1794). 24 views in Hindostan. -- HUNTER, James (d.1792). Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: Willaim Bulmer & Co. for Edward Orme, 1805 [text watermarked 1802, plates 1801 or 1803].

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    BLAGDON, Francis William (1778-1819). A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, from the earliest periods of Antiquity to the Termination of the late Mahratta war. -- DANIELL, William (1769-1837) and Francis Swain WARD (1736-1794). 24 views in Hindostan. -- HUNTER, James (d.1792). Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: Willaim Bulmer & Co. for Edward Orme, 1805 [text watermarked 1802, plates 1801 or 1803].

    3 parts in one volume, oblong 2o (423 x 555 mm). 2 letterpress titles, 2 engraved titles, hand-colored stipple-engraved plate of the "Native Judges," a portrait of Tippoo Sultan and 64 FINE HAND-COLORED AQUATINT VIEWS (some occasional light offsetting, minor darkening to margins). Original boards, upper cover with letterpress triangular title label, uncut (neatly rebacked with morocco spine and corners). Provenance: Sir Edward B. Barker (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY. This work was originally issued in 17 parts, then on completion of the parts issue was offered either in 2 volumes at 10 guineas per volume, or, as here, in a single volume at 20 guineas. "These three works are sometimes found separately and sometimes together, as is indicated by the preface ... it is probable that at different times Orme made up copies in one or two volumes, and in different styles." Abbey Travel II, 424; Tooley 93.


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