A well bound copy of the first edition of this illustrated voyage, which shows well the Daniells’ love of river scenes ‘not just bare statements of fact but pleasant, well-balanced compositions’ (Sutton).
The pictures of Calcutta are particularlty noteworthy; ‘Calcutta from the Garden Reach’ is one of the most famous of the Daniell pictures. It is one of the rare instances in which reference was made at a later date to a drawing by another artist, as certain of the buildings shown were not in existence during the Daniells’ time in India. The penultimate plate shows the ‘Old Fort Gaut’ containing the notorious ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’. Other plates show Malaya, Java, Straits of Malacca, approximately 22 plates of China, and the remaining five of India, Bay of Bengal and two on the River Hoogly.
First edition. Folio, 50 hand-coloured aquatint plates on thick paper with ruled and grey wash borders, contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, all edges gilt, spine worn, joints repaired, occasional light spotting, plates generally clean and fresh, a very good example.
Abbey Travel 516; Archer p12; Colas 797; Lipperheide 1523; Sutton 19-20; Bastin & Brommer 70.
Stock ID: 93164