SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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CHEVALIER, Nicolas. N.
Chevalier's Album of Chromolithographs.

Melbourne: Charles Troedel, n.d.[1865].
Ferguson 17429; Wanthrup 256; Bobins 323.
Melbourne: Charles Troedel, n.d.[1865].

FIRST EDITION. Folio, 12 chromolithographed plates. Half polished purple calf over original brown cloth covered boards, lettered direct in gilt to upper board, spine rubbed and worn. Agents bookplate to front pastedown. Plates cut and mounted onto thicker card, then bound. Wanthrup claims that no library of books on Australia is complete without this work. It comprises some of Chevalier's best work, drawn on treks through the Victorian bush. It has been described as the first example of reproduction of High Victorian taste in landscape art, by a famous exponent of Australian Colonial Romantic Art. This work is sometimes catalogued under the publisher Troedel's name as 'The Melbourne Album'. Coloured plates in order: 1. Baker's Bluff , near Cape Schanck. 2. Dargo Valley, Gippsland. 3. Mount Zero and The Grampians. 4. Parker's River Waterfall, Cape Otway. 5. Mount Arapiles - Sunset. 6. Ferntree Gully, Mount Useful, Gippsland. 7. Serpentine Creek falls, McAllister River, Gippsland. 8. Mount Sturgeon, Western District. 9. The Yarra, Studley Park. 10. Refuge Cove, Wilson's Promontory. 11. Lake Wellington, Gippsland. 12. Wannon Falls.