7 - 8 April 2004
PORTER, Lieutenant Whitworth and Mrs PORTER, Views in the Island of Dominica. [N.p.], 1849.
2° (330 x 255mm). Title, dedication leaf, 11 hand-coloured tinted lithographic plates, numbered at upper right corner. (A few minor marginal or corner restorations, occasional light dampstaining touching a few plates, some light marginal spotting). Original publisher's blue wrappers, the upper cover printed with letterpress title (neat restorations). 20th-century purple cloth slipcase.
A charming set of views of Dominica, probably, according to Abbey, published for private circulation. The plates include views of Roseau, Government House, Prince Rupert's Bay and Morne Daniole. In his dedication to Colonel MacDonald, the Lieutenant-Governor of Dominica, Porter shows the purpose of his sketches to be to convey the 'beauty and grandeur' of the island, and to select 'the most familiar' views, 'considered the most likely to be interesting to the inhabitants.' Abbey, Travel, 695.
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