The Oriental Annual, or Scenes in India; Comprising Twenty-Five Engravings from Original Drawings By William Daniell, R.A. And a Descriptive Account By the Rev. Hobart Caunter, D.D.
(India - 19th Century - Travel - Exploration - Art)

London, England: Edward Bull, 1834. F (7) + 254 + (2) pages of publisher's announcements at back. Frontispiece, engraved illustrated title, printed title page; with all the Daniell engravings from drawings collated complete. John Hobart Caunter (1792 - 1851) British writer, "...well known in London as a fashionable preacher and was a minor author and poet of some substance. India remained a preoccupation, treated in several volumes..." (H.C.G. Matthew in the ODNB). His illustrator for this work, William Daniell (1769 - 1837) was a British landscape painter and engraver: "...Orphaned at an early age, he was adopted by his uncle and at about fifteen accompanied him to India as his assistant. He kept an extensive diary of their travels in India (1786 - 93) which reveals his own sketching strategies and his assistance in the finishing of his uncle's sketches and oil paintings, as well as details of Indian flora and fauna..." (Natasha Eaton in the ODNB). Approx. 5 1/4" x 8" size; bound in full decoratively blind-stamped and illustrated gilt leather, all edges gilt. With the small binders' ticket of F. Westley Binder Friar Street near Doctor's Commons on the front endpaper edge. Sewing has come undone for the first couple of signatures; first few leaves loose; binding taped and with edge, tips wear and rubbing; occasional spotting and foxing to the contents; in fair to good condition, a candidate for rebinding. Fair (Item ID: 25617)


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