LANDMANN, George Thomas (1779-1854). Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, -1818.
2 volumes, 2° (371 x 262mm). Half-titles. 76 plates, comprising 14 engraved maps, hand-coloured in outline, 4 hand-coloured aquatints showing tortures of the Inquisition, 2 hand-coloured engraved plates of coins, and 56 hand-coloured aquatint views after Landmann, including 11 double-page or folding, the majority by J.C. Stadler. (Titles, preliminaries and appendix leaves in vol. II spotted, some offsetting to plates, one plate in vol. II slightly browned by silk marker, occasional light browning of text, pages xv-xvi of the introduction bound into vol. II). Early 19th-century red morocco gilt, covers with foliate and dentelle borders, spine compartments directly lettered with repeated panels of palmettes and tendrils, triple fillet turn-ins, gilt edges.
A FINE COPY WITH WIDE MARGINS. Published in 14 or perhaps 15 parts between 1813 and 1818, Landmann's views were the product of long service in the Pensinsular War. However, apart from one plate showing Sir Arthur Wellesley's headquarters in Vimeiro, they are of topographical rather than military interest, capturing the permanent characteristics of the Portuguese landscape remarkably well. Abbey Travel 140; Tooley 291. (2)