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DANIELL, Thomas and William.
India. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China.

London: 1810.
Bobins I 284; Abbey Travel 516; Tooley 173.
London: 1810.

Folio pp. title+ii+one leaf of text for each plate. Half red morocco with ruled gilt to boards, all edges gilt, gilt decoration to spine; ruled gilt raised bands separating the spine into six compartments; lettered in the second and third compartments; matching red cloth slipcase. Some wear to to joints. 50 hand-coloured aquatints within ruled and wash-tinted frames. Brunet: "His (Thomas William's uncle) works are characterised by a great oriental truth and beauty". This work describes and beautifully illustrates the Daniell's long journey to China, and then to India, beginning in The April of 1785 and ending in the August of the same year. The text includes many interesting observations and descriptions of the peoples and places visited. Coloured plates in order: 1. Gravesend. 2. Passing Beachy Head. 3. Madeira. 4. Off Madeira. 5. Crossing the Line. 6. Gale off the Cape of Good Hope. 7. A Man Overboard. 8. Cape of Good Hope. 9. Albatross. 10. Java Head. 11. Watering Place, Anjere-Point. 12. Dutch Residence at Anere-Point. 13. Chinese Gentleman. 14. Chinese Lady. 15. Malays of Java. 16. Anjere-Point, Straits of Sunda. 17. Chinese Junks. 18. Malaye Proas & Canoes. 19. A Malaye Village. 20. Malaye Proas. 21. Malays of Java. 22. Cocoa Nut & Betel Tree. 23. Chinese Trading & Fishing Vessels. 24. Macoa, China. 25. Chinese Husbandman. 26. Hotun, on the Canton River. 27. Chinese Vessels. 28. Near Whampoa, China. 29. Whampona Pagoda. 30. Chinese Tomb. 31. Chinese Lady. 32. Scene on the Canton River. 33. Hoe Chu Fou, a Chinese Fort near Canton. 34. South West view of Canton. 35. Chinese Barber. 36. Chinese of Rank. 37. Chinese Pavillion. 38. An Offering to the God of Fire. 39. View in a Chinese Garden. 40. A Chinese Military Officer. 41. Chinese Duck Boat. 42. Camoens Cave, Macao. 43. Coat of Cochin China. 44. Pedro Branco, Straits of Malacca. 45. Cape Ricardo, Straits of Malacca. 46. Fowl Island, Bay of Bengal. 47. Near Gangwaugh Colly, on the River Hoogly. 48. Near Cucrahattee, on the River Hoogly. 49. View of Calcutta from the Garden Reach. 50. Old Fort Gaut, Calcutta.