MELLISS, G.W. Views of St. Helena; illustrative of its scenery and historical associations. From photographs by G.W. Melliss. [London]: 1857. Oblong 8° (146 x 240mm). 13 tinted lithographic plates, by W. Gauci after photographs by Melliss, printed by Vincent Brooks. Original purple roan-backed blue cloth gilt, titled in gilt on upper cover (spine faded, extremities very slightly rubbed). A FINE COPY OF THIS RARE WORK, by the 'Surveyor-General of the Island'. Abbey Travel I, 318.
John Charles MELLISS. St. Helena: a physical, historical, and topographical description of the island, including ecology, fauna, and meteorology.... The botanical plates from original drawings by Mrs. J.C. Melliss. London: Savill, Edwards & Co. for L. Reeve & Co., 1875. 8° (249 x 175mm). Half-title. 56 plates and maps (8 chromolithographic views on thin paper mounted, printed by Vincent Books, 38 hand-coloured lithographic natural history plates [1 by J.G. Keulemans, 5 by E.W. Robinson, 32 by John Nugent Fitch], 2 tinted maps, 1 double-page, 1 tinted double-page geological section, 7 uncoloured lithographs. 20th-century red half morocco gilt bound for Hatchards, spine in five compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, dated in the fourth, the first compartment with Napoleonic bee tool, the third with design of scolling stylised foliage linking three Napoleonic symbols, top edge gilt (lower corners slightly rubbed). Provenance: Lewis W. MacNaughton (ownership stamp).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this detailed and important monograph by G.W. Melliss' son, who served as the 'Commissioner of Crown Property, Surveyor and Engineer of the Colony.' Nissen follows the lead of the BM(NH) catalogue in counting the illustration on p.4 as a plate and the six plates with double views as 12 plates, giving a total of 63. BM(NH) III,p.1284 (incorrect plate count); Nissen ZBI 2782 (incorrect plate count). (2)