17 September 1998
THOMAS BAINES (1822-1875)
The Victoria Falls Zambesi River sketched on the spot (during the journey of J.Chapman & T.Baines. London: Day & Son, Limited, 1865. Broadsheet (56.3 x 37cm). Lithographic title with hand-coloured vignette view, 10 hand-coloured lithographic plates, drawn on stone by T.Picken, R.M.Bryson, F.Jones and E.Walker, all after Baines and printed by Day & Son. (Light soiling to title, some spotting to outer blank margins of plates.) Original red cloth blocked in blind, the title blocked in gilt on the upper cover (rebacked, modern endpapers).
HAND-COLOURED COPY OF BAINES'S MOST IMPORTANT PRINTED WORK. Baines, born in King's Lynn, first arrived in Afica at the Cape Colony in 1842. "From 1848 to 1851 he accompanied the British army in the Kafir war as artist, and in 1855 joined an expedition which was appointed under Mr. A. Gregory to explore North-west Australia. His energy and skill during this appointment secured for him the special thanks of the colonial government, and in 1858, at the recommendation of the Royal Geographical Society, he was appointed artist to the Zambesi expedition under Livingstone, whom he accompanied as far as Tete in the Portuguese territory. In 1861 he joined Chapman in his expedition from the south-west coast to the Victoria Falls, when, besides making a complete route survey, and collecting much information for the naturalist and man of science, he made a large number of sketches and paintings." (DNB).
The work was issued with the plates in both coloured and tinted states, In the present example the plates are slightly shorter than the text. Cf. Kennedy B58-68 (tinted version).
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The hand-colouring on this copy is in a later hand.
The Estimate should read: GBP 4,000-6,000
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