SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ORLOWSKI, Alexander.
Lithographic Costumes of Russia and Persia...

London: J.G. Ashley, n.d.[1821].
Abbey Travel 349 cites 6 plates; Bobins 206.
XL=elephant folio
London: J.G. Ashley, n.d.[1821].

Folio album, without title, as issued, 10 coloured lithographed plates, mounted on to thick card, not captioned, housed in contemporary green cloth , with a matching gilt lettered, white title label, cut, and affixed to upper board and spine. Bookplate of 'Norman R. Bobins' to front pastedown. The author was born in Warsaw (c. 1780-1829). He went to Russia and became Court Painter at St. Petersburg. Orlowski took an interest in lithography when a press was set up there in 1815 - and a year later he published his first lithograph titled "Three Horsemen", possibly the first lithograph produced in Russia. By 1819 the author had done some very large lithographs of Russian life . Coloured plates in order: 1. Petersburg Droschki. 2. Petersburgh Two-Horse Sledge. 3. Russian Wood cart. 4. Russian Flour Sledge. 5. Russian Courier with Three-Horse Sledge. 6. Russian Traveller with Three-Horse Quibitka. 7. A Noble Persian. 8. A Persian Warrior. 9. A Persian Gentleman Travelling with his Domestic. 10. A Royal Female attended by a Eunuch.