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BRADSHAW, T. Views in the Mauritius, or Isle of France. London: James Carpenter and Son, 1832.
2° (363 x 260mm). Title with wood-engraved royal arms, dedication leaf, 40 lithographic plates by William Rider after Bradshaw, list of subscribers. (Some light marginal spotting, a few text leaves browned, a few plates with light spotting touching image.) Contemporary half calf gilt (spine faded, some wear to extremities). Provenance: John Parker, Hereford (bookseller's label); John Hopton of Can-frome, Hereford (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION WITH FINE IMPRESSIONS. Imprints denote the work was published in parts between March 1831 and May 1832, but watermarks on the text leaves of this copy, as in other copies cited by Abbey, show that the descriptive text could not have been printed before 1832. Abbey surmises that there may have only been two parts. Bradshaw made his original drawings of views in Mauritius whilst Auditor-General of the island. There were 116 subscribers to his work who accounted for 122 copies, including 27 proof copies. Abbey, Travel, 298; not in Toussaint.
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