London, South Kensington
3 May 2007
FORBES, James (1749-1819). Oriental Memoirs ... written during seventeen years ... in India: including observations on parts of Africa and South America. London: T. Bensley for the author, 1813 [?but published by Bohn, circa 1839]. 4 volumes, large 4° (336 x 276mm). Half titles, portrait and 129 plates, 28 hand-coloured (occasional light spotting). Contemporary red morocco gilt, gilt edges (joints a little weak).
A FINE LARGE PAPER COPY OF BOHN'S EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ISSUE. The original issue included a portrait and 93 plates. This copy includes 21 hand-coloured natural history plates by W. Hooker after Forbes, 27 uncoloured aquatint plates from Thomas and William Daniell's Oriental Scenery, 6 lithographed plates, 4 hand-coloured, and 76 other plates, 3 hand-coloured. The Abbey copy includes only 122 plates, including the portrait, which is as called for in Bohn's 1841 Guinea Catalogue: however, with the exception of two cut-down plates (one of which is laid down), it is difficult to identify which are the 8 additional plates in this copy. Abbey Travel 436. (4)
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