7 - 8 April 2004
MILLAIS, John Guille (1865-1931). Wild Life in Africa. Horsham: privately printed for the artist, 1928.
Oblong 2° (395 x 505mm). 20 collotype plates by E. W. Copnall, 9 hand-coloured in oils, on thick hand-made paper, t.e.g. Original red cloth, the upper cover titled in gilt (spine faded, upper edge of covers discoloured). With accompanying printed limitation notice and list of plates (very lightly spotted).
ONE OF A LIMITED EDITION OF THIRTY COPIES. In producing this magnificently coloured work, Millais achieved his wish to offer his subscribers, 'some of the romantic scenes... a record of Nature unspoiled, so that other Travellers and Naturalists, like myself, may have something to look at in days to come, when all the "old" Africa, with its romance and wonderful mammalian life has disappeared forever, except in such Game Reserves as man may make in the future.' The images are reproductions of Millais's original drawings made on the spot during several expeditions to Africa.
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