• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 308

    SIMPSON, William (1823-1899). The Seat of War in the East ... First Series. London: Day & Son for Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co, 1855. 2° (565 x 380mm). Lithographic dedication to Queen Victoria, 40 hand-coloured tinted lithographic plates including the title, 19 with key-plates on facing leaf, extra illustrated with 2 portraits and 1 view. (Plates 15, 20, 23, and 27 trimmed and mounted at time of reback, some soiling, some spotting mainly affecting the dedication and scattered in some margins, a few short marginal tears some of these repaired.) Original cloth boards rebacked in the early 20th century (rubbed and scuffed, rear endpapers dampstained, front endpapers renewed).

    Price Realised  

    SIMPSON, William (1823-1899). The Seat of War in the East ... First Series. London: Day & Son for Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co, 1855. 2° (565 x 380mm). Lithographic dedication to Queen Victoria, 40 hand-coloured tinted lithographic plates including the title, 19 with key-plates on facing leaf, extra illustrated with 2 portraits and 1 view. (Plates 15, 20, 23, and 27 trimmed and mounted at time of reback, some soiling, some spotting mainly affecting the dedication and scattered in some margins, a few short marginal tears some of these repaired.) Original cloth boards rebacked in the early 20th century (rubbed and scuffed, rear endpapers dampstained, front endpapers renewed).

    FIRST EDITION, DELUXE ISSUE WITH COLOURED PLATES, extra illustrated with portraits on india paper of Field Marshal Raglan, Rear Admiral Lyons, and a view of the battle of the Alma. Simpson's work is impressive 'not only artistically and technically, but also as pictorial reporting' (Abbey). Abbey Travel 237.


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