7 - 8 April 2004
LAIRD Macgregor (1808-1861) & R.A.K. OLDFIELD. Narrative of an Expedition into the interior of Africa, by the river Niger, in the steam-vessels Quorra and Alburkah, in 1832, 1833, and 1834. London: Samuel Bentley for Richard Bentley, 1837. 2 volumes, 8° (228 x 140mm). Engraved map, 6 aquatint plates by W. Westall after T. Sarsfield, Oldfield, Macgregor Laird. (Some spotting, particularly to plates.) Original boards, paper labels to backstrips (labels soiled and chipped, extremities worn). Provenance: Adam Hodgson (author's presentation inscription 'To Adam Hodgson Esqr. from Macgregor Laird July 1837'); William Garnett (armorial bookplate). AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL BOARDS.
Jan Simon Gerardus GRAMBERG (1823-1888). Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust. Amsterdam: Weijtingh & Brave, 1861. 8° (222 x 135mm). Lithographic tile with colour-printed vignette, lithographic folding coloured frontispiece and 7 folding coloured plates by C.C.A. Last after Gramberg, printed by H.L. van Hoogstraten. Original brown cloth blocked in gilt and blind (spine slightly faded and rubbed at head and foot). Provenance: A.S.J. Koch (signature); F.C. Koch (bookplate). A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION.
And two other works on West Africa in four volumes (Francisco Travassos VALDEZ. Six Years of a Traveller's Life in western Africa. London: 1861. 2 volumes, 8°. Original cloth. FIRST EDITION; H. CAPELLO & R. IVENS. From Benguella to the territory of Yacca. Description of a journey into central and western Africa... Translated by Alfred Elwes. London: 1882. 2 volumes, 8°. Original cloth. First edition in English). (7)
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In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru