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, ten 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 in 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.