15 July 2005
LIEUTENANT JAMES HUNTER (d. 1792)
Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: W. Bulner and Co. for Edward Orme, 1805. 10 parts bound in one volume, oblong broadsheet (400 x 527mm). Hand-coloured aquatint portrait by Scott after Edward Orme and 40 plates by J.C. Stadler, H. Merke, and Harraden after Hunter. (Some light spotting and creasing, title creased, torn, and laid down). Early 20th-century red half morocco gilt for H. Sotheran and Co, spine titled in gilt, 19th-century gilt red morocco lettering-piece on upper board, gilt edges (light marking, extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, BOUND UP FROM THE ORIGINAL PARTS. 'A MAGNIFICENT WORK' (Lowndes). Hunter's Picturesque Scenery was first published as parts 7-16 of the 17 parts of a larger work, A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India (London: 1802-1805; the other two components were Daniell and Ward's Twenty-Four Views in Hindostan and Blagdon's A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India). The present copy -- which bears watermarks of 1802 on the text and 1801 on the plates, as called for by Abbey -- was bound up from these parts, which preceded the volume issue. Abbey Travel 424, nos 26-66; Brunet III, col. 381 ('magnifique receuil'); Colas 1508; Lipperheide Ld10; Lowndes pp. 1144-1145; Tooley 275.
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