Scenery, Costumes and Architecture, chiefly on the Western Side of India
by GRINDLAY, Captain Robert Melville (1786-1877)
London: Smith Elder & Co, 1848. Large quarto. (15 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches). Engraved title with hand-coloured engraved vignette, 36 hand-coloured aquatint plates by R.G.Reeve, T.Fielding, G.Hunt, C.Bentley and others after Grindlay, William Westall, Clarkson Stanfield and others. Contemporary half green morocco and marbled paper covered boards, bound by J. Wright, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (rebacked with the original spine laid down) Provenance: Christie's London, 5 June 1996, lot 189 (selling for £9430) A fine copy of one of the "most attractive colour plate books on India" (Tooley): third issue on thick paper. Robert Grindlay, the son of a London merchant, sailed for India at the age of 17 in 1803. He served with the 7th Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 until 1820 and travelled widely throughout India with his regiment. His talent for recording the life and landscape of India is evident from the images in the present work and on his return to Britain he was persuaded to work on its publication. The publication was initially handled by Ackermann's but later transferred to Smith, Elder & Co. The work was originally issued in six parts, and then offered in various forms including two volumes (with two titles dated 1826-1830 and no pagination) and a single volume dated 1830 with no pagination. The present volume is the third issue, circa 1848, with the plates on thick paper and noted for the brilliant quality of the hand colouring. Abbey Travel II, 442; Brunet II, 1742; Colas 1333; Lipperheide Ld 21; Tooley 239.
(Inventory #: 31607)
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