[Stephens, Frederic G.], J. H. MANN (photographer).

A History of Gibraltar and its sieges.


A History of Gibraltar and its sieges.
With photographic illustrations, by J. H. Mann.
Provost, London 1878.

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Luxury edition of Gibraltaran history illustrated by sixteen albumen photographs in attractive contemporary cloth.

A History of Gibraltar and its sieges has been consistently attributed to Frederic G. Stephens, the famed art critic and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. It records Gibraltan history from the days of the Phoenicians until The Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783), and concludes recounting a visit by Nelson “a week after the Battle of Trafalgar”. It is illustrated with pasted in photographs by J. H. Mann depicting the renowned ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, coastal scenes and panoramic views of the area. This edition is a “presentation edition” (Gersheim) containing sixteen photographs, rather than standard editions which contained four, or sometimes only one. Two further editions were produced in 1879 and 1900 with the text completely rewritten and all photographs replaced by engravings, hence why this edition is sought-after.


Second edition. 8vo. (22 x 16cm), pp. [v-viii], map, 280; with 16 photographs mounted on thick paper, captioned beneath image; occasional light spotting. Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine richly blocked in gilt, all edges gilt; spine fading, tail of spine slightly rubbed.

Provenance: I. C. Rider; Geo. L. Rider (inscriptions to flyleaf)


Helmut Gersheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature 1839-1875, page 67, item 489.


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