12 June 2019
CRIMEAN WAR – The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War, from Drawings, Photographs, and Notes, Taken on the Spot. [London:] Dickinson Brothers, [c.1856].
An extremely rare complete suite of plates with vivid depictions of the Crimean War, including scenes from Sebastopol, Balaklava, Redan, the Battle of Tcheraya, and the Valley of Inkermann. Presumably printed in very small numbers; only one auction record for a complete suite appears in ABPC or RBH. WorldCat traces institutional library copies at Brown, Dartmouth, and the U.S. Military Academy. Not in Abbey, Tooley, or Blackmer.
Folio (660 x 455mm). Letterpress title (481 x 335mm) and 23 lithographed plates finished in hand-color heightened in gum arabic (approx. 415 x 307mm) mounted on stiff cards, one plate (800 x 295mm) folded and mounted on board (crease in center to image at fold), with contemporary manuscript captions (some foxing and soiling to margins of backing sheets but plates bright and fresh). Modern quarter roan clamshell box with green velvet lining.
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