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D'OYLY, Sir Charles, 7th Baronet.
Antiquities of Dacca.

London: John Tyler. n.d. [1823]
London: John Tyler. n.d. [1823]

Folio. Delightful recent full leather binding with decorative black patterned tooling to boards, gilt title label in red morocco to upper board, spine comprised of six compartments, gilt lettering to the second and the fifth compartments. Raised bands in blind. Etchings by John Landseer after paintings by Sir Charles D'Oyly. With 15 coloured plates. D'Oyly was Collector of Dhaka from 1808 to 1817. During that period, he painted a wide variety of pictures, especially the Mughal ruins. He decided to publish the drawings relating to Dhaka in the form of a folio-size book. After engraving, the drawings of D'Oyly were published in London from 1823 onwards. A short historical account of Dhaka was also appended to each book. James Atkinson wrote these accounts, accompanied by engravings done by Landseer. These books came to be known as Antiquities of Dacca and became important social documents. Some plates are on India paper and have a blind library stamp. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece (?) Account of Dacca.* 2. Ruins of Tungy Bridge. 3. Paugla Pool, with part of Dacca in the extreme distance. 4. Paugla Pool, from the River. 5. Modern Habitations at Dacca, 1823.* 6. The Fort, & North Gateway of the Great Kuttra, Dacca. 7. The Great Kuttra. 8. The Small Kuttra with its enclosed Mosque, Dacca. 9. Bastion of the Lal Bagh, Dacca. 10. Mosque in the suburbs of Dacca. 11. Mosque on the Mug-Bazar Road, Dacca. 12. The Chouk (or Market Place) and Husseinee Delaun. 13. Approach to Tungy.* 14. Part of Dacca from the Douillac Nulla. 15. A Tantee or Indian Weaver, 1826.* 16. Mosque on the Booragunga Branch of the Ganges. 17. Part of the Interior of the City of Dacca. 18. Mosque of Syuff Khan, Dacca. 19. Remains of a Bridge near the Tantee Bazar. * denotes a half page illustration.