DANIELL, Thomas; William Daniell.

Oriental Scenery.


Oriental Scenery.

London, Free-School Press for Thomas and William Daniell, 1812-16 [text watermarked 1809-10].

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First quarto edition of the Daniells’ most celebrated work.

‘[Thomas] Daniell, assisted by his nephew [William], produced his best-known work Oriental Scenery (issued in six series) of Indian views making a total of 144 hand-coloured aquatint views of India. These represent Mughal and Dravidian monuments, cityscapes and sublime views of mountains and waterfalls and formed the most extensive work of its kind, finding subscribers throughout Britain as well as in Calcutta and Madras’ (ODNB). This work contains plates carefully reduced and copied from the large folio edition, published between 1795 and 1808, under the Daniells’ direction.


6 parts in 2 volumes, landscape 4to (25.5 x 35.5 cm). Typographic titles to first and fourth parts serving as general titles to volumes. 158 engraved plates comprising 144 views, 6 title-pages and 8 plans. (Title and introductory leaf of text to vol. I creased and lightly soiled, tiny marginal worming to text-leaf to pl. II and pl. III, very short marginal tear to text-leaf to pl. VI, scattered spotting throughout). Contemporary half calf over marbled paper-covered boards (rebacked, extremities rubbed).

Provenance: Herbert Octavius Moore (bookplate).


Abbey Travel 432; Archer p.235; Sutton 13.


Stock ID: 87497