Fanny Parks [Mrs Parlsby]
Wanderings of a pilgrim, in search of the Picturesque, during four-and-twenty years in the East; with revelations of life in the Zenna ... illustrated with sketches from nature. London: Pelham Richardson, 1850.
2 volumes, large 8 (278 x 186mm). Lithographic 'Elevation of the Himalaya Mountains' in pocket at end of vol. I, 49 lithographic plates comprising 4 chromolithographs, with additional varnish and hand-colouring, 8 tinted, and 17 coloured, some with tissue guards. (some very light spotting). Original blue cloth blocked in gilt (corners bumped, rebacked retaining original backstrip, later endapapers).
Fanny Parks's name is given on the title-page and on may plates in Arabic, although her exact involvement in their creation is unspecified. It has been assumed (see Abbey Travel that, despite the presence of her signature, many of the plates were not the work of her hand. They are, nonetheless, integral to the work. Some study has been made of the colloborating artists, including the mysterious 'J.W.', but none have been securely identified. Abbey Travel 476. (2)