MICHEL JEAN CAZABON (1813-1888)
[Album of Trinidad. Paris: 1857.] Oblong 2° (265 x 380mm). 17 (of 18) tinted lithographic plates by Levilly after Cazabon, printed by Geny-Gros. Subsribers' list laid down on lower pastedown. (Dampstained, subscribers' list torn with loss, plate margins with occasional marking, wormed and with some neat repairs, 2 plates with crudely-repaired tears affecting image, another with slight surface abrasion, lacking plate 6, plate 12 misbound after plate 18.) Contemporary blue cloth (waterstained, wormed causing significant losses, lacking spine). Provenance: Yuille's Printerie [sic], Port of Spain (bookseller's ticket on upper pastedown -- traces of removed bookplate on upper pastedown) -- Wehekind collection.
CAZABON'S VERY RARE SECOND SERIES OF TOPOGRAPHICAL LITHOGRAPHS OF TRINIDAD. Cazabon's Views of Trinidad was published in Paris in 1851 and contained 18 lithographic plates; the present work follows the same oblong folio format and was intended as a companion to the Views. Although 208 subscribers to the Album are listed (some for more than one copy, giving G. MacLean's estimate of 250 copies (Cazabon, Port of Spain, 1986, p.36)), and the work was 'highly successful in terms of sales' (G. MacLean, op. cit., p.24), the work is very rare at auction; no copy is recorded by ABPC since 1975 (in the same period, 6 copies of Views are listed). G. MacLean, op. cit, pp.133-4; G. MacLean Cazabon. The Harris Collection, Port of Spain, 1999, pp.102-3.