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    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 231

    [Charles Douglas Richard Hanbury Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley (1840-1922)]. Log of H.M.S. Amethyst Sep.t 1859 to Dec. 1860. Vol 3., manuscript on paper, charting the voyage of HMS Amethyst from Callao, Peru, to Plymouth via San Blas, Mazatlan, Guaymas, Panama, Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro, 88 pages, folio (368 x 230mm), including two pages of 'remarks', with a folding 'Plan of the Hold' in pen-and-ink, 4 sepia photographs, 6 folding or full-page maps in pen-and-ink, including a plan of San Blas, and folding double-page world map, and interleaved with 9 drawings and sketches in watercolour or pencil and wash (occasional light offsetting or spots). 19th-century half olive calf gilt (some wear). Provenance: Charles Douglas Richard Hanbury Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley (armorial bookplate).

    Price Realised  

    [Charles Douglas Richard Hanbury Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley (1840-1922)]. Log of H.M.S. Amethyst Sep.t 1859 to Dec. 1860. Vol 3., manuscript on paper, charting the voyage of HMS Amethyst from Callao, Peru, to Plymouth via San Blas, Mazatlan, Guaymas, Panama, Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro, 88 pages, folio (368 x 230mm), including two pages of 'remarks', with a folding 'Plan of the Hold' in pen-and-ink, 4 sepia photographs, 6 folding or full-page maps in pen-and-ink, including a plan of San Blas, and folding double-page world map, and interleaved with 9 drawings and sketches in watercolour or pencil and wash (occasional light offsetting or spots). 19th-century half olive calf gilt (some wear). Provenance: Charles Douglas Richard Hanbury Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley (armorial bookplate).

    Naval reformer, Liberal MP and pioneer in commercial horticulture, Charles Hanbury-Tracy succeeded as 4th Baron Sudeley in 1877. Having first joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen and seen action in the Crimean War, he served a long commission on the sailing frigate HMS Amethyst. He left the navy as gunnery lieutenant in 1863, becoming MP for Montgomery Boroughs and in 1866 was admitted as a barrister to Inner Temple. He served under William Gladstone as a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria from 1880 to 1885.

    The finely-drawn maps chart the course of HMS Amethyst's voyage from Callao to San Blas, from San Blas to Mazatlan and to Panama, and from Panama to Valparaiso; the final map shows the frigate's voyages round the world. The skilfully executed watercolour sketches include topographical views, including the 'Entrance to San Blas', 'Isabel I[slan]d', 'Mazatlan' and the 'Church of San Blas'.


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