CHARLES DECIMUS BARRAUD (1822-1897) AND W.T.L. TRAVERS, EDITOR
New Zealand: Graphic and Descriptive. London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1877. Atlas 2° (565 x 430mm). Dedication Leaf, List of Subscribers, lithographic half-title with mounted chromolithographic plate and 24 chromolithographic plates mounted on heavy paper, captioned in margins, from drawings by Barraud, 6 black & white lithographic plates, 31 woodcut illustrations and map of New Zealand with inset maps of Auckland and the Otago gold-fields. (Some leaves slightly chipped at fore-edge, half-title and 1 plate lightly spotted.) Publisher’s brown cloth lettered and illustrated in gilt, modern tan morocco spine and corners, original yellow endpapers, inner cloth hinges (lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Listing 425 copies of this subscriber’s issue, illustrated with brightly hued renditions of provincial New Zealand scenes, including the Pink and White Terraces destroyed in the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Topographical artist and founder member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Barraud travelled widely in both the North and South Island. This work is the climax of his artistic endeavours, carried to London for printing by lithographers C.F. Kell. William T.L. Travers (1819-1903), naturalist and politician, founded the New Zealand Institute and was one of the earliest explorers of Nelson province, New Zealand. Hocken, p. 303; Bagnall 320; Ellis, Early Prints of New Zealand 1642-1875, 895-925.