• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 57

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

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

    6 parts in one vol., 2° (400 x 305mm). Hand-coloured engraved title, and 36 hand-coloured aquatints on thick paper with plate 36 bound as frontispiece as issued, by Reeve, Fielding and others after Grindlay, Daniell and others. (Occasional light soiling in some margins, a few very short tears in the contents leaf.) Contemporary red half morocco by Fawn & Son, spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges (neatly rebacked preserving the original spine, corners and hinges repaired).

    'NEXT TO DANIELL, THE MOST ATTRACTIVE COLOUR PLATE BOOK ON INDIA' (Tooley). A bright example with little of the spotting common in many copies. Grindlay, a self-taught amateur artist, went to India in 1803, aged 17. He served with the East India Company's military service from 1804-20 and during this period made a large number of sketches and drawings recording the life and landscape of India. This copy is the third issue of the work (the first being bound from parts, the second bound as two volumes without part titles, and finally this, the third, bound with one title). Abbey Travel, 442; Colas 1334; Tooley (1954) 239.


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