GRINDLAY, Capt. Robert Melville.

Scenery, costumes and architecture,


Scenery, costumes and architecture,
chiefly on the Western Side of India.
London, R. Ackermann & Smith Elder, 1826-1827-1829.

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The colouring is of a very high standard, possibly coloured under Grindlay’s supervision.

Grindlay, a self-taught amateur artist, went to India in 1803, aged 17. He served with the East India Company’s military service from 1804-1820 and during this period made a large number of sketches and drawings recording the life and landscape of India.

“Next to Daniell, the most attractive colour plate book on India.” – Tooley. This work was begun by Ackermann but taken over and completed by Smith Elder. Ackermann’s gloom at the prospects of the book seems to have been unfounded as it became extremely popular in the hands of Smith Elder and the plates are generally acknowledged to be some of the most beautiful of India.


First edition. 6 parts bound in 3 as issued, folio (42 x 33 cm approx.), uncut in original boards, engraved title with hand-coloured vignette dated 1826 published by Ackermann, lithograph title to Vol II with engraved vignette on India paper, text watermarked 1826-29, 36 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates with Smith Elder imprint, scattered light foxing, the 5 divisional titles, original wrapper at end with list of plates, tipped-in to third part is a slip stating that parts V and VI are coloured by D. Smith, 29, Church Street Soho, occasional light spotting, black morocco spines and corners over original printed boards, the third volume with new leather and the lower board supplied to match, preserved in a modern clamshell box, an excellent set.


Abbey Travel 442; Colas 1333; Martin Hardie, p 94; Prideaux p121 etc; Tooley 239.


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