SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BERESFORD, George de la Poer.
Twelve Sketches in double-tinted Lithography of Scenes in Southern Albania.

The drawings of the album were done by Beresford himself. They were lithographed by Day & Son, a firm well-known for the quality of their engravings, who thus gave the public a polished work. The plates, some of which show rare subjects, are accompanied by explanatory texts on the incidents which took place in the region. In accordance with contemporary aesthetic conventions, the lithographs render a peaceful mountain landscape, while the picturesque details of everyday life which complete the plates convey a discreet yet vivid sense of human presence.

London: Day & Son, Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1855.
Balckmer 124; Abbey Travel 46; Weber I, 1162; Bobins 1084.
London: Day & Son, Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1855.

FIRST & ONLY EDITION. Large folio, title, description of plates, 12 tinted lithographs. 19th century half morocco over brown cloth boards. Red morocco title label in gilt to spine. Spine re-backed. Extremities are slightly rubbed and worn. Bookplate of 'Roy Alderson' to rear pastedown. "The plates include views of Ioannina, Aria, and Parga and are very fine" (Blackmer). Beresford also produced two novels. Coloured plates in order: 1. Janina, the Capital of Albania, from the Coulis. 2. Ali Pasha's Seraglio and Tomb, Fortress, Janina. 3. Audience Chamber of Ali Pasha. 4. The Coulia, Janina. 5. Paramithia. 6. Khan at Carabasera. 7. Arta and the Riber Aractus, from the Salara Road. 8. Remarkable Venetian Bridge near Arta. 9. Parga. 10. Philiates. 11. Peta, from the Gulf of Arta. 12. Butrinto, opposite Corfu.