Scenery of the Windward & Leeward Islands
Scenery of the Windward & Leeward Islands

LIEUTENANT J.H. CADDY, 1837

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Scenery of the Windward & Leeward Islands
Lieutenant J.H. Caddy, 1837
[CADDY, Lieutenant John Herbert (18010-1883). Scenery of the Windward & Leeward Islands. London: Ackermann & Co., 1837.]

Very rare complete set of this attractive and uncommon suite of color views of Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Dominica. Caddy, a Canadian by birth, was a soldier, engineer, teacher, and artist. He was sent to England for military training at the Royal Military Academy in 1815, married in 1828, and shortly after left for duty in Tobago. His second Caribbean posting would be Saint Lucia, followed by Saint Vincent. Fragments from his diaries describe the social rounds, the hunting, and the sketching which were possible with light military duties and before he left for Saint Vincent he prepared for publication a series of four folios of scenes. The present pictures of the first folio were engraved in London and published in 1837 by Ackermann; the other three folios never appeared. Abbey Travel, 692; Sabin III,9824.

Oblong folio (406 x 533mm). 12 hand-colored aquatint plates (measuring 285 x 357mm) by J. Harris, Newton Fielding, William Westall, C. Hunt, all after Caddy, each tipped onto a larger page. Dark purple morocco gilt (rebacked). Provenance: E.P. (initials on upper cover).

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