• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 73

    'Notes on an Overland Journey from Calcutta to England'. Manuscript journal on paper, March 1854-1856, 85 pages (numbered 1 to 69), including 20 watercolour drawings, 16 full-page, some pasted in over original versions, and a folding lithographic view of Malta, occasional text illustrations in pen, some annotations in pencil in the same hand. Folio, 220 x 342mm. Occasional marginal soiling or remnants of glue. Half red morocco gilt with marbled boards (some wear).

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    'Notes on an Overland Journey from Calcutta to England'. Manuscript journal on paper, March 1854-1856, 85 pages (numbered 1 to 69), including 20 watercolour drawings, 16 full-page, some pasted in over original versions, and a folding lithographic view of Malta, occasional text illustrations in pen, some annotations in pencil in the same hand. Folio, 220 x 342mm. Occasional marginal soiling or remnants of glue. Half red morocco gilt with marbled boards (some wear).

    An account of a journey made from Calcutta to Suez (via Madras, Ceylon, Aden) by the Bentick steamer and overland to Cairo, by Nile steamer to Alexandria, and by Himalaya steamer to Malta, and finally to Southampton. The watercolours, by a competent amateur, are views from the ship, most are coastal sketches (with nature scenes, boats, the steamer itself, occasional natives and costumes) including a view of the Sierra Nevada, two of the harbor of Aden and some of the Read Sea. The view of Malta is supplied from another Italian source.


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