• 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 157

    WATHEN, James (1751?-1828). Journal of a Voyage in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China; returning by the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena. London: J.Nichols, Son and Bentley, 1814.

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    WATHEN, James (1751?-1828). Journal of a Voyage in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China; returning by the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena. London: J.Nichols, Son and Bentley, 1814.

    4o (284 x 225 mm). 24 hand-colored aquatint plates by Clark after Wathen, each with tissue guard. Original boards with printed paper label on spine, uncut (some light darkening and staining). Provenance: Henry Rosser (presentation inscription from the author).

    FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed "from the author" on front pastedown. Wathen's "narrative is lively, and his account of eastern life is minute and interesting" (DNB). He was a fast but accurate draughtsman completing up to 20 drawings a day. The views in this work comprise: 7 of India; 6 of Malaya or Indonesia; 9 of China and 2 of St. Helena. Abbey Travel II.517.


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