7 - 8 April 2004
DANIELL, William (1769-1837), and Samuel DAVIS (1760-1819). Views in Bootan. London: 1813 [watermarked 1810].
Oblong 2° (420 x 560mm). Letterpress title (verso blank), 1l. with 14 lines of introduction on recto (verso blank), 6ll. with explanatory text on rectos (versos blank). Tinted engraved additional title with aquatint and integral dedication to Warren Hastings, 6 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by Daniell after Davis. (Occasional small chips to margins of text leaves, some very light marginal browning or spotting to plates.) Modern red morocco gilt, titled on upper cover (front free endpapers creased), red cloth slipcase, title label on upper cover.
FIRST EDITION of 'probably the rarest of William [Daniell]'s sets of engravings' (Abbey). Samuel Davis was the first Western artist to paint in the Himalayas and the only Western artist of distinction to work in Bhutan. Unusually, Daniell has here signed engravings that he produced from the work of another artist - this was apparently because Davis was a good friend. Abbey Travel II, 434.
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