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FRASER, James Baillie (1783-1856) Views in the Himala Mountains. London: Rodwell and Martin, June 1st, 1820.
Elephant folio broadsheets (668 x 527 mm). Uncolored aquatint pictorial title and 20 hand-colored aquatint plates on thick paper, including frontispiece, by ROBERT HAVELL & SON after Fraser, all on linen guards; no text, as issued. (Title-leaf detached, some surface soiling to title, occasional light marginal soiling to plates, 110 mm. closed tear to frontispiece, one or two very small light spots to plates 4, 5, 7 and 16 [Abbey's numbering], slight rubbing to caption of plate 1, small dampstain to upper blank corners of first 2 plates and title, two small waxstains in lower margin of last plate.) Publisher's quarter aubergine morocco and diced russia sides, gilt (severely worn and rubbed, upper hinge weak).
FIRST EDITION. In its format and presentation Fraser's work was intended to rival Daniell's Oriental Scenery and Salt's Views in Abyssinia. Although sold separately, this volume of plates illustrates scenes described in Fraser's account of his two-month trek in 1815 through the Indian Himalayas, Journal of a Tour through Part of the Snowy Range of the Himala Mountains, published the same year. Undertaken with his brother William Fraser and a native escort, the journey was the first to be made by a European party to the source of the Jumla and Ganges rivers. COMPLETE COPIES OF FRASER'S VIEWS ARE RARE. This is the first to appear at auction in over a decade. Abbey Travel 498.
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