13 June 2002
DANIELL, THOMAS (1749-1840) and WILLIAM (1769-1837). A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and William Daniell, 1810.
Oblong 2° (356 x 263mm). 50 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Thomas and William Daniell, on thick paper, with ruled and grey wash borders, mounted on guards, each with accompanying text, 6 plates numbered. (Some light spotting mainly affecting borders or margins, occasional small stains, notably to text accompanying Abbey plate 19 and to sky of Abbey pl. 20.) Contemporary green morocco gilt by J. Mackenzie, with central arms of Beriah Botfield, gilt edges (spine faded, some light staining, corners lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Originally issued in ten parts, the Picturesque Voyage documents Thomas and William Daniell's long voyage to China and on to India. The Daniells left England in April 1785 on board the Indiaman Atlas, arriving in Whampoa, China in August. The plates include views of Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, Java, Macao and Canton, whilst the accompanying text includes observations and descriptions of native peoples. Having spent several months in China, the Daniells then sailed on to Calcutta in a 'country' coastal vessel. Abbey Travel 516; Tooley 173.
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