Smith (Christopher Webb) and <i>Sir</i> Charles D’Oyly
Lot 496
Smith (Christopher Webb) and Sir Charles D’Oyly
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Smith (Christopher Webb) and Sir Charles D’Oyly
The Feathered Game of Hindostan, lithographed title and 12 hand-coloured lithographed subject with uncoloured backgrounds, contemporary half morocco, oblong 4to (241 by 346mm.), [images each approximately 105 by 156mm.], Patna, Behar Amateur Lithographic Press, 1828]


  • FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST ILLUSTRATED BIRD BOOKS PUBLISHED IN INDIA. A fine collection of plates embellished by D’Oyly’s delicately coloured partridges and quails, against uncoloured Indian landscape backgrounds.

    Sir Charles D’Oyly (1781-1845) was appointed opium agent in Behar in 1821 and served there from 1828 to 1830 as commercial resident. Little is known about D’Oyly’s Behar Amateur Lithographic Press, which he seems to have set up in 1828. “There seems to be no evidence as to whether D’Oyly sold copies of the Behar Amateur Lithographic Press books, or distributed them privately" (Abbey).

    References: Abbey, Travel 451; not in Anker, Fine Bird Books, Nissen IVB or Wood.

    Provenance: bookplate of Archibald Trotter Dryden.
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