23 September 2004
SAMUEL DANIELL (1755-1811)
Sketches representing the native tribes, animals, and scenery of Southern Africa, from drawings made by the the late Mr. Samuel Daniell, engraved by William Daniell. London: printed by Richard and Arthur Taylor, published by William Daniell and William Wood, 1820. Oblong 4° (360 x 285mm). 48 soft-ground etched plates by William Daniell after Samuel Daniell. With half-title. (Slight browning of plate edges, and occasional spots and stains, most marginal, a few creasemarks, one plate disbound, without the dedication to Prince Leopold.) Modern green half morocco and marbled boards. Provenance: Fanny Phelps, inscription on half-title dated April, 1876.
A 'MOST BEAUTIFUL AND SENSITIVE WORK' (Abbey). 'Mr. Samuel Daniell... went to the Cape of Good Hope, from where he accompanied Dr. Somerville on two expeditions into the interior of the country .... He was indefatigable in the pursuit of the various subjects he has delineated; and it was his constant care to see the animals alive, that he might make himself the master of their actions and habits' (preface). Slightly less than half the plates show animals, the others tribesmen and women. Abbey Travel I, 326; Gay 3136; Mendelssohn I, p. 412; Sutton pp. 107, 117 and no.3.
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