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HENRY SALT (1780-1827)

Twenty Four Views taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia & Egypt. London: William Miller, 1809. Atlas volume, broadsheet (c.521 x 714mm). Aquatint title incorporating dedication, printed in sepia, 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates by D. Havell, J. Hill and J. Bluck, supervised by Robert Havell, after Salt, on thick paper, mounted on guards. (One plate supplied, title and some plates backed, crease along centre of most plates, sometimes repaired from verso, title with small marginal loss and light soiling, light spotting, some light and even yellowing, a few other small repairs.) 20th-century leather, the upper side centred with an ornament in gilt and ruled in blind (upper side scuffed).

FIRST EDITION. A COMPLETE SET OF SALT'S VERY FINE LARGE FORMAT PLATES. Salt visited the Cape, then India. In Calcutta, the party was entertained by the Governor-General, Marquess Wellesley (the dedicatee of the present work) and then travelled to Benares, Lucknow, Ceylon and Madras. Salt then explored the Red Sea, Bombay and Poona, before making an extensive excursion into the Abyssinian Highlands, here represented by six views. Contemporary advertisements make clear that the work was designed to be similar in size and presentation to the plates of Thomas and William Daniell's great work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808): the undoubted artistry of Salt and his engravers have ensured that this work is a worthy successor. A quarto text volume, with the same title, was published by Miller in the same year. Cf. Abbey Travel II, 515 (late issue with text volume); Tooley 440 (the text 'is not important and the work is usually to be found without it').
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