23 June 2011
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III
ECKSTEIN, John (1750-1817). Picturesque Views of the Diamond Rock taken on the spot and dedicated to Sir Samuel Hood, K.B., Commodore and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels employed in the Windward and Leeward Charibbee Islands. London: published for the author by J.C. Stadler, 1805.
Oblong 2o (450 x 585 mm). Engraved title with portrait vignette of Hood, plate of portraits of the officers of his Majesty's ship and 14 hand-colored aquatints by J.C. Stadler, all mounted on heavy card and matted; modern red half morocco.
FIRST EDITION. Diamond Rock (Rocher du Diamant) a small island of the cost of Martinique was held by the English in 1804-1805. "A pictorial record commemorating the seizure of the tiny islet known as Diamond Rock, for the purpose of close blockade of the French island of Martinique. The islet was armed with five heavy guns and commissioned as 'sloop of war'" Abbey Travel II, 689; The Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection at Hamilton College 585; Prideaux 334; Tooley 191.
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