BLAGDON, FRANCIS WILLIAM A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, from the Earliest Periods to Antiquity to the Termination...
[Bound with:] HUNTER, JAMES. Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore from forty drawings taken on the spot. London: W. Bulmer for Edward Orme, 1805. Two works bound as one, three-quarters 20th century red morocco gilt, cloth sides, top edge gilt. 17 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches (44 x 55.5 cm); printed title, uncolored engraved title, the plate of the Native Judges, , 22,  pp., followed by the etched uncolored aquatint title and 24 fine hand-colored aquatints by J.C. Stadler, H. Merke, J. B. Harraden and others after F. S. Ward, T. and W. Daniell etc; 4 ff. plate list with details; printed title, dedication leaf to Princess Elizabeth, 41 fine hand-colored plates (including the unnumbered plate of Tippoo Sultan), most in aquatint, 1 f. plate list. Light wear to binding, front joint rubbed, printed title laid down apparently to repair some tears etc., the engraved title a bit frayed, foxed, and chipped on the fore-edge, the plate A Choultry... frayed, dust-soiled at the margins, and with the fore-margin short (possibly bound-in from another copy), blank corner torn away on the plate of the Royal Artillery Encampment in the second work. In all, the plates and text are generally in fresh condition. With the bookplates of The Chief of Clan-Fhearghuis of Stra-chur (i.e. James Fergusson or Seamus Clannfhearghuis, who once crossed the Sahara on foot in a two-and-a-half year journey); given to the Explorer's Club, with their bookplate, and blind stamp to the title and one text leaf.
Blagdon and Hunter's works were both published by Orme, and are generally found bound together as here. The work was published in seventeen parts, according to Abbey. After Daniell's Oriental Scenery of 1795-1807, this is arguably the finest of the early color plate books of India. Abbey Travel 424; Tooley 93 and 275; Martin Hardie pp. 131-2; Colas 1508; etc.
C The Explorers Club Collection
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