Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888)
Views of Trinidad from drawings by M.J. Cazabon. Paris: Lemercier, 1851. Oblong 2 (34.7 x 50.5cm.) 1p. letterpress subcribers' list at back. Lithographic title, 17 (of 18) tinted lithographic plates only by Eugne Cicri after Cazabon, printed by Lemercier. (Lacking plate 15 'Cedar Point - Mount Tamana', repaired tears to title, plates 1-12 and subscribers' list leaf.) Modern cloth-backed boards, label on upper cover.
FIRST EDITION, 149 COPIES SUBSCRIBED FOR, AND 'POSSIBLY THE FINEST SET OF ENGRAVINGS [SIC.] THAT HAS EVER BEEN PRODUCED OF THE WEST INDIES' (Geoffrey MacLean. Cazabon An illustrated biography. Port of Spain: 1986, p.24). 'Quick to see the need for pictures of Trinidad to illustrate its landscape and architecture to the families and friends of English and French settlers, [Cazabon]...decided to publish a folio of lithographs and invited subscriptions. The book was to cost subscribers $6.00 per copy; $3.00 to be paid as a deposit and the remaining $3.00 on receipt of the work.' (op.cit p.24).
Abbey Travel II, 696; MacLean p.36.