SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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HARRIS, Sir William Cornwallis.
Illustrations of the Highlands of Aethiopia [...] on an Embassy to the Court of Shoa, in Southern Abyssinia.

London: Dickinson and Son, [1844].
Abbey Travel 291; Bobins 98.
London: Dickinson and Son, [1844].

Folio, title, text of plates, chromolithographed dedication to the Queen; 26 tinted lithographs after Martin Bernatz and the author. Portrait of the author, in original blindstamped brown cloth lettered in gilt direct, housed together with a separate suite of 28 additional hand coloured lithographic plates, mounted on card with a ruled border, loose as issued. Preserved in a modern quarter brown morocco backed cloth box. RARE set of views. Bernatz, the artist attached to the expedition, himself brought out 2 vols of views in 1852. Coloured plates in order: All plates are untitled. 1. A pair of women in local dress. 2. Tribesmen seated under a tree. 3. Local tribesmen following a camel train. 4. Two young girls in local dress. 5. Birds by a lake. 6-7. Portraits of two local women. 8. Two young girls (shepherdesses) with their sheep. 9. Women bathing by a river. 10-11. Portraits of a young tribesman with bow and arrow, and a local girl. 12. Two women, one older than the other. 13. Local tribesman in his his hunting dress. 14. A local ceremony of significance. 15. King (?) on horseback in full cermonial dress, attended by two servants. 16. Local tribal Chief sitting on a chair. 17. A pair of Tribesmen with spears and shields, knives etc. 18-19. Portraits of two young tribesmen, posing in their hunting dress. 20. A local battle between two tribes, watched by dignitaries. 21. Huge gathering of tribes for a local ceremony. 22. Typical tribal housing. 23. Interior of a hut, with animals and cooking pots etc. 24. A pair of women in special dresses. 25. Two tribesmen posing with their shields and spears. 26. A special ceremony or custom. 27. Local village. 28. Tribesmen gathering wood. 29. British consuls sit before the Court of Shoa.