21 September 2000
FRANCIS WILLIAM BLAGDON (1778-1819), WILLIAM DANIELL (1769-1837), COLONEL FRANCIS SWAIN WARD (c.1750-c.1805) and LIEUTENANT JAMES HUNTER
61 hand-coloured aquatints from A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, From the earliest period of Antiquity to the termination of the late Mahratta War... London: William Bulmer & Co for Edward Orme, 1805, the aquatints with occasional touches of gum arabic, with engraved coloured general title and engraved coloured title to 'Twenty-four Views in Hindostan', including hand-coloured stipple engraved plate of the 'Native Judges' and of 'Tippoo Sultan', most watermarked 'J.Whatman Turkey Mill 1823', one watermarked 'J.Whatman 1821' (occasional light surface soiling or spotting, light creasing to one plate, a few trimmed at left margink offsetting affecting margin of 'Tippoo Sultan', two small repaired tears to margin of 'Native Judges')
Plate: 310 x 405mm
Sheet: 424 x 540mm
AN ALMOST COMPLETE SET OF THE FINE HAND-COLOURED AQUATINT VIEWS from Blagdon's History, lacking plates 4, 20, 26, 38 & 46 only. This work was originally issued in 17 parts, between 1802 and 1805, then on completion, the parts were offered either in 2 volumes at 10 guineas per volume, or in a single volume at 20 guineas. Abbey Travel 425. (67)
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Please note that this lot comprises 67 prints and not 63 as stated in the catalogue, lacking plate 38 only.
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