A pair of fine aquatint plates from the only colour-plate book on the Persian Gulf – very rare.
Lieutenant Temple accompanied an expedition that set out from Bombay in 1809 under the command of Captain Wainwright to fight the Arabian pirates who overrun the region. The first and only edition of his sketches was published in London in 1813 under the title “Sixteen views of Places in the Persian Gulph”; the present plates are No. 6 and 13.
Individual plates from the Temple’s work are rare, not to mention complete examples of the book. WorldCat locates only 4 copies of the book in public libraries’ holdings (Yale University, Brown University, Leiden University and the Wellcome library in London).
A pair of engravings by J.Clark after Temple (25.5 x 38.1 cm each), etching and aquatint, with contemporary hand colouring, mounted and framed. Overall dimensions: 54.5 x 42.5 cm.
Abbey Travel 389.
Stock ID: 91044