Very rare album comprising views of Sebastopol, Balaklava, Kadikoi, the Tchenaya river and others. The album also includes a view of the interior of a wooden hut, which in the spring of 1855 began to replace tents, as these had proved inadequate against the elements during the previous winter.
The plates were lithographed after drawings by Captain Charles Augustus Drake Halford (1831-1907), who served in the 5th Dragoon Guards during the Crimean War. Roger Fenton took a number of photographs of Captain Halford that can today be found in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Royal Collection.
The work was published by Dickinson Brothers (active 1852 – 1908), a leading London printing and publishing firm. In the same year they issued another series of views of the Crimean War in the same format, after drawings by Sir Henry James Warre (1819 – 1898).
Both titles are very rare, Halford’s even more so: We could trace no records of this title at auction in the past 35 years. Copies were found only in the collections of the Brown University library, Ohio University and the British Library. There were none in the Library of Congress, Yale University Library or Harvard University Library.
Landscape 8vo. (19.5 x 27.7 cm). Lithographed title, 13 tinted lithographed plates; light soiling and spotting, small marginal repairs. Publisher’s brown cloth, gilt lettering to upper cover, a bit rubbed, more towards extremities.
Not in Abbey.
Stock ID: 94960