8 December 2015
POLLARD, James (1797-1867). Scenes during the Snow Storm, December 1836. London: Ackermann & Co., 1 February 1836.
Letterpress bifolium title-page and catalog (reinforced on fold verso). 4 hand-colored lithographs, heightened with gum arabic, by G.B. Campion after Pollard, 278 x 409mm sheets. (Some mat burn, discoloration from old framing predominately on verso, some spotting.) Laid into a red quarter morocco portfolio, cover gilt-stamped (hinges worn, stained). Provenance: Joel Spitz (bookplate on portfolio cover, stamp on verso of plates and on advertisement leaf).
A SCARCE SERIES commemorating the exceptionally severe snow of December 1836. The Spectator reported that “snow continued to fall without intermission” from Friday to Monday night when “it had spread over the greater part of the country in all directions.” The plates, which portray marooned coaches in a huge depth of snow, shivering humans and equally unhappy horses, are entitled: “The Liverpool Mail in a Snow-Drift” – “The Devenport Mail, assisted by Six Fresh Post-Horses, crossing the Downs near Amesbury” – “The Birmingham Mail Fast in the Snow” – “The Louth Mail Stopt by the Snow.” Mellon/Snelgrove 58; Siltzer, p. 222.
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