A Selection of our Most Interesting Items

FRASER, James Baillie (1783-1856). Village of Shai…

FRASER, James Baillie (1783-1856). Village of Shai (plate 16).

An original aquatint, framed, by Robert Havell and his son, Robert after the work of James Baillie Fraser, printed in colours with additional hand-colour, as published by Rodwell & Martin, Bond Street, London 1820. 655 x 800 mm.

A rare plate from one of the greatest illustrated books of early nineteenth century India, with exceptionally fine and large-scale hand-coloured views of the Himalayas.

''Twenty-six years after the Daniells expedition into the Himalayan foothills, James Baillie Fraser had the opportunity to journey further into the mountains. His brother, William, was then Political Agent to Major-General Martindell, who was in command of an army division during the Nepal campaign of 1814-15. William Fraser was appointed to visit local chiefs in those parts of Himalayas to the north-west of Garhwal and between the rivers Sutlej and Jumna in Bashahr. James Baillie Fraser went with him'', page 84, 'Scenery and Splendours. India through the Printed Image', Pheroza Godrej and Pauline Rohatgi, London 1989.

Abbey Travel 498 no. 16. J.R. Abbey, 'Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue', London 1957.


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HERIOT, George. Travels through the Canadas…

the first canadian coffee table book, but with substance

HERIOT, George. Travels through the Canadas, Containing a Description of the Pictureque Scenery on Some of the Rivers and Lakes; With an Account of the Productions, Commerce, and Inhabitants of Those Provinces. To Which Is Subjoined a Comparative View of the Manners and Customs of Several of the Indian Nations of North and South America.

London, T. Gillet for Richard Phillips, 1807.


4to. Modern half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands and red morocco lettering-piece; pp. xii, 602, [2], folding tinted aquatint frontispiece of Quebec by J. C. Stadler after…

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DIDEROT, Denis. Pêches, Pêches de Mer, Pêches…

Diderot on Fishing

DIDEROT, Denis. Pêches, Pêches de Mer, Pêches de Rivieres, Fabrique des Filets (Fishing)

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 8 Paris (1771)


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 10 pages of descriptive text & 35 loose plates with their accompanying 5 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…

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GALLI, Federica. Rio del Rimedio.

GALLI, Federica. Rio del Rimedio.

Original etching signed by the artist, edition 29/30, 1986. 793 x 344 mm.


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BESLER, Basilius. Rosa Centifolia Rubra.

BESLER, Basilius. Rosa Centifolia Rubra.

Original copper engraving with later hand colour. 1st edition, plate:95, 1613. 470 x 400 mm.


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[JEWELLERY]. POUGET, [Jean Henri Prosper]. Trait…

[JEWELLERY]. POUGET, [Jean Henri Prosper]. Traité Des Pierres Précieuses et de la maniere des les employer en Parure.

Paris, chez l'Auteur, Md. Joyaillier, Quay des Orfévres au Bouquet de Diamants et Chez Tilliard, Libraire. Quay des Augustins a St. Benoist, 1762.


Small 4to. (266 x 208 mm). Volume of engraved plates only. Recently bound by Bernard Middleton in period-style marbled paper covered boards, printed paper label to the upper board and spine…

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FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus…

FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus (active 1802-1827). Hindoo Pagodas below Barrackpore, on the Ganges.

An original aquatint by G. Hunt after Charles Ramus Forrest (printed in colours and hand-coloured), as published Rudolph Ackermann, London 1824. 390 x 450 mm.

From 'A Picturesque tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India'. (Plate 1).

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest's much praised work 'A picturesque tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India' is a fine example of colour-plate publishing by the great exponent of this genre, Rudolph Ackermann.

Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, as it was known, was located in the Strand, barely three miles away from East India House.

The preface to the work relates ‘all attentively copied from nature, and in many cases coloured on the spot, and always while the magic effects of the scenes represented were still impressed on his (Forrest’s) mental vision. The reader will recollect with indulgence, that the colouring of the views which so far exceeds that of the scenery of Europe, is but a just portrait of the enchanting features of India, eternally glowing in the brilliant glory of the resplendent Asiatic sun’.

The construction of the Red Fort or Lal Qila was begun in 1639 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It consists of many buildings inside high battlemented walls, broken only by three gates. Forrest visited the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience) that leads to the Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), the latter being the most exclusive and splendid hall of the palace. He wrote of "the ceiling exquisitely painted and gilt ... supported by rows of columns of white marble finely sculptured, and which have once been richly inlaid in mosaic". To the north are the royal baths or Hammams and the Moti Masjid, built in 1662 by Aurangzeb for his personal use.

Pheroza Godrej and Pauline Rohatgi, 'Scenic Splendours, India through the Printed Image', British Library, London 1989 describe Forrest in these terms:‘Forrest was an officer in the British army. He served in Bengal from 1802 and died at Bath in 1827. During journeys, most overland while posted up-country with his regiment, he would make excursions by boat, palanquin or on horseback to nearby places. Hodges, the Daniells and Salt were mostly interested in grand monuments, whereas Forrest also recorded minor buildings..... Although he made several journeys over a number of years, Forrest’s narrative and his arrangement of the illustrations follow a direct course along the Ganges, Jumna and Gumti.... They were inked for printing in at least three distinct shades with more colours added by hand’.

Abbey Travel 441, no. 21. J.R. Abbey, ~i~Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue. London 1957.


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