SALT, Henry (1780-1827). Twenty-four views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt. London: William Miller, 1809.
Broadsheets (each approximately 559 x 835 mm). Tinted lithographed title, 24 hand-colored lithographed plates by D. Havell, I. Bluck, I. Hill and S. Rawle, after Henry Salt, on thick paper made up of two sheets pasted togather, watermarked "J. Whatman" where visible [date illegible]. (Small circular stain near gutter of first three plates, plate I with minor crease in sky above main subject, plate VII with diagonal crease in margin, plate XII with tiny hole in sky, some spotting.) Later half black morocco, preserving original cloth, morocco cover label and endpapers.
FIRST EDITION. A very fine set of views executed from drawings by Henry Salt. Salt left London in 1802 for an eastern tour with Lord Valentia, whom he accompanied as secretary and draughtsman. He visited India and Ceylon and in 1805 took part in the first British mission to Abyssinia, sent to conclude an alliance with that country and to secure a port in the Red Sea in case Napoleon succeeded in gaining control of Egypt by dividing up the Turkish empire with Russia. Some of his drawings illustrated Valentia's Voyages and Travels to India (1809), published the same year as the present volume. The text volume of the latter work, not present here, was also ostensibly written by Valentia, but according to Abbey "is said to be by Salt." In his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, Byron mocked the "tremendous travels" of "vain Valentia." Salt's original drawings remained in Valentia's possession, and after Salt's death the plates too became his property. Abbey Travel 515; Tooley 440.
[With:] A bound photocopy of the text volume, 4o, cloth. (2)