22 June 2010
FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus (fl.1802-1827). A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India. London: L. Harrison for R. Ackermann, 1824 [text watermarked 1821-1824; plates, 1824].
Large 4o (335 x 276 mm). Title and final text leaf with hand-colored aquatint vignettes, engraved folding map, 24 fine hand-colored aquatint views by G. Hunt and T. Sutherland after Forrest (some light offsetting to text and plates). Modern half morocco.
FIRST EDITION of this cornerstone work on the Indian sub-continent. Forrest's views are thought to exceed those of all other amateur artists, two especially fine plates along the Yamuna being those of the Taj Mahal and the Palace of the King of Delhi. "The drawings are all attentively copied from nature, and in many instances coloured on the spot, and always the magic effects of the scenes represented were still impressed on [Forrest's]... mental vision. The reader will recollect with indulgence, that the colouring of these views, which so far exceeds that of the scenery of Europe, is but a just portrait of the enchanting features of India, eternally glowing in the brilliant glory of the resplendent Asiatic sun" (Preface). Abbey Travel 441; Martin Hardie p. 109-10, 313; Prideaux pp. 248,336,376; Tooley 227.
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