DANIELL, THOMAS AND WILLIAM.
Oriental Scenery ... Containing ... Views of the Architecture, Antiquities and Landscape Scenery of Hindoostan. [London: Free-School Press for Thomas and William Daniell, 1812-1816. ]
6 parts in 2 volumes. Oblong 4to (250 x 350 mm). 6 aquatint titles, 144 aquatint plates, and 8 engraved plans, with accompanying letterpress descriptions. Full green morocco extra by Zaehnsdorf, covers with inlaid gilt red overlapping borders enclosing central panel with inlaid gilt corner-pieces in various colors representing the four seasons, centering gilt-lettered title and armorial stamp, spine gilt in compartments with red lettering-labels, elaborate inner gilt dentelles, moiré silk endpapers. Lacking letterpress titles, scattered foxing, bindings lightly rubbed.
Provenance: a 19th century Earl of Derby, likely Edward Geoffrey Stanley, 14th Earl [1799-1869] (armorial stamps on upper covers; listed in the 1893 Catalogue of the Library at Knowsley Hall, p 222; possibly part of the Knowsley Hall sale, Christie's, 1953-1954); Alexander Brown Griswold [1907-1991], Maryland investment banker who donated his collection of South Asian Art to the Walters Art Gallery (booklabels).
"[Thomas] Daniell, assisted by his nephew [William], produced his best-known work Oriental Scenery (issued in six series) of Indian views making a total of 144 hand-coloured aquatint views of India. These represent Mughal and Dravidian monuments, cityscapes and sublime views of mountains and waterfalls and formed the most extensive work of its kind, finding subscribers throughout Britain as well as in Calcutta and Madras" (DNB). The plates in this edition were carefully reduced and copied from the large folio edition published between 1795 and 1808. Abbey Travel 432; not in Tooley.
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