• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    GRINDLAY, Captain Robert Melville (1786-1877). Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India. London: Smith, Elder & Co., [1826]-1830.

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    GRINDLAY, Captain Robert Melville (1786-1877). Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India. London: Smith, Elder & Co., [1826]-1830.

    6 parts in 2 volumes, 2o (403 x 312 mm). Colored engraved title, lithographic title to second volume India paper mounted (some browning to edges), 36 colored aquatints by Reeve, Fielding, Hunt, Bentley, Pyall, Hughes, and Edge, after Grindlay, Westall, Stanfeld, Roberts, Purser, Witherington, Fielding and Daniell, and colored by J.B. Hogarth. Contemporary green half morocco (slightly rubbed).

    FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COLOR PLATE BOOKS ON INDIA, with the early state of plates, text and titles for individual parts. The subjects include scenes and views of Bombay, Golconda, Ellora and Guzerat. Grindlay, founder of the ANZ Grindlays Bank, came to India in 1803, worked with the East India Company and served with the Seventh Bombay Native Infantry from 1804-1820. It is rare in such works for the name of the colorist, in this case J.B. Hogarth, to be given. Scenery was issued in six parts between 1826 and 1830. Abbey Travel 442; Tooley 239; Colas 1333. (2)


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