1989 - 2153 FOREIGN HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY, TRAVELS
- Lacks 2 plates; occas. (sl.) foxed. Joints rubbed.
= Hunnisett p.84; Ray 23: "Metropolitan Improvements was printed in parts between 1827 and 1829, and the ensuing volume, though described as "Series the First", appeared in parts between 1829 and 1831 (...) one of the notable illustrated books devoted to the metropolis in the nineteenth century".
- Hinges weak; vol. 3 upper hinge broken; portraits foxed; all vols. bookplate on upper pastedown/ first free endpaper. Bindings stained/ soiled; spines discoloured.
- Leaves occas. sl. foxed/ waterst./ loosening. Frontcover partly faded.
- Outer margin of map repaired/ strengthened w. sellotape; the plates occas. sl. foxed and yellowed/ stained. Rebacked; covers sl. stained.
= Holloway 115.
- Sl. offsetting from map on title-p. Joints and spine-ends sl. worn/ splitting; covers sl. stained.
- Folded; sl. creased.
= Special edition of The Sun, dedicated to the coronation of Queen Victoria on June 28, 1838.
- Narrow white stain near outer edge frontcover.
- Top edges of both vols. sl. foxed.
- Bookplate on upper pastedown; upper hinge weak. Spine sl. faded; lower joint splitting.
AND 5 others, i.a. W. BEEBE, Nonsuch. Land of Water (London/ New York, 1932, plates, orig. cl.); A. MILLS, From Piccadilly to Devil's Island (London, 1932, plates, orig. cl.) and R. BROWN, Unknown Tribes, Uncharted Seas (ibid., 1924, plates, orig. cl.).
= Standard and extensive work on explorers, explorations and expeditions including useful indexes on ships and persons.
- A fine copy apart from the following minor defects: a few scattered sm. stamps, bookplate on upper pastedown; trifle foxed; sl. fingersoiled. Spine worn; corners showing.
= Archaeological survey of India series. Remarkable pictorial survey splendidly illustrated throughout with 39 albumen prints and 3 carbon prints by Rev. Simpson (Chaplain of Muttra). Gernsheim, Incunabula of British photographic literature, 569. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LII.
- A few scattered sm. stamps and tickets. Covers plasticized.
= Extremely rare, no copy traced in auction records of the past 25 years. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LIV.
- Some foxing. Spine-ends sl. rubbed. A fine set. = Rare.
- A fine copy apart from the following minor defects; a few scattered libr. tickets; one sm. stamp. New endpapers.
= "Born in Scotland, James Fergusson (1808-86) spent ten years as an indigo planter in India, the profits from which allowed him to embark upon a second career as an architectural historian. Although he had no formal training, he became one of the most respected researchers in the field, particularly in Indian architecture. He made numerous trips around India in order to study and document its cave temples, publishing his first book on the subject in 1845. In 1880, he returned to the subject, collaborating with the archaeologist James Burgess (1832-1916) as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. It was Fergusson who first categorized the temples, suggesting that they could be classified through reference to the religious order and function. Illustrated with more than 150 maps, plans and drawings, this work of impressive scope remains of relevance to students of Indian architecture and history" (excerpt from the digitally printed version by the Cambridge University Press 2013). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LV.
- Bindings rubbed. Contents fine. = Rare.
ADDED 1 other in Dutch translation: K. KOCH (ed.), De Caucasische landen en Armenië in reistaferelen van Curzon, K. Koch, Macintosh, Spencer en Wilbraham. Dutch transl. J.J.A. Goeverneur (Rott., (1855), contemp. gilt and blindst. cl. Bookblock loosening).
- A fine copy apart from the following minor defects; a few scattered sm. stamps/ tickets; first few pages frayed/ dam.; preface loose. Worn along extremities/ corners/ spine.
= Taylor, Impressed by Light, p. 290-291: "Like many military men in India, Biggs became fascinated with archaeology, but he soon discovered the difficulty and uncertainty of sending manual copies of stone inscriptions back to London. Biggs was furloughed on sick leave in England starting in 1850 ... he watched his brothers practicing photography and it struck him 'that it would be a perfect method of copying the sculptures and inscriptions.' ... Biggs took lessons from Samuel Buckle and then presented his plan to the directors of the East India Company, who were so impressed that they traded him a complete new photographic outfit in exchange for his first album. He was appointed 'Government Photographer, Bombay' and was the first person to officially assume that position". Gernsheim, Incunabula of British photographic literature, 332. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LV.
- All vols. w. sm. stamps/ tickets; occas. sl. foxed. Seven vols. binding plasticized.
= Vols. 2-8, 11, 12 and 17. Seventeen volume publication documenting the rich cultural traditions of colonial-era India between 1886 and 1916. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LV.
AND 7 odd issues of the same periodical.
- A few scattered libr. stamps and tickets. Spine-ends plasticized.
= One of 200 copies. Very rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LIII.
- Text vols. trifle foxed/ waterst. at the beginning and end; the maps occas. sl. frayed and w. a few (repaired) tears.
- First quire loose; a few lvs. trifle frayed; some foxing, mainly in margins. Binding rubbed/ (sl.) worn at extremities; upper joint splitting at top.
= Vicaire VI, p.1225.