17 June 2003
PROPERTY OF LYNDHURST, A NATIONAL TRUST HISTORIC SITE, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE COLLECTIONS FUND*
OAKELEY, Richard Banner (mid 19th century). The Pagoda of Hallibeed, Illustrated by Fifty-Six Photographic Views, With descriptive Letter-Press. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, 1859.
2o (488 x 310 mm). Letterpress title, 2pp. Introduction, and descriptions of plates; errata slip tipped to verso of Introduction. 56 albumen photographs (each approximately 255/280 x 205 mm; 10/11 x 8 inches), each mounted on card, on guards (some slight fading, some scattered foxing to mounts). Original half morocco gilt, pebbled cloth boards, gilt-lettered morocco label on front cover, edges gilt (a bit rubbed). Provenance: Jay Gould (1836-1892), American financier (Lyndhurst bookplate).
LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF ONLY TWENTY-FIVE COPIES OF THIS VERY SCARCE PHOTOGRAPHICALLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK. Only four photographers were known to make the arduous trek to Halebid in the 1850s: Tripe, Pigou, Neil and Richard Banner Oakeley. Of these, only Oakley is known to have worked in this paper negative size. The rest worked in larger sizes or with collodion glass plates. Gernsheim 104.
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