Sketches by William Simpson Illustrative of the Seat of War in the East
Seller ID: 1875
London: Paul and Dominic Calnaghi, 1855- 56, First and Second Series. From the first editions (originally composed of title, dedication, , 39 plates; title, , 41 plates). Large folio (57 cm), seventy tinted lithographic plates— based on sketches made on the spot by pioneer war artist William Simpson, beginning late in 1854 at Balaklava, when he first arrived in theatre, to the fall of Sebastopol. The gutta percha, then a novel method of adhering text block to covers, has failed as usual, and the plates lie loosely within the original covers which serve as de facto portfolio covers. Absent ten plates: The Malakoff (frontis), Cavalry Affair, Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade, Head of the Harbour, Sebastapol from the Sea, Monastery of St. George (First Series); Burning of Government Buildings, Balaclava, Cape Aiya, Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, absent text for pp. 22- 29 (Second Series). Some mild damp-staining not affecting the images, tissue guards. As a collection of prints.
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