SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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VIDAL, Emeric Essex.
Picturesque Illustrations of Buenos Ayres and Monte Video, consisting of twenty-four views: accompanied with descriptions of the scenery, and of the costumes, manners, &c. of the inhabitants of those cities and their environs

London: printed by L. Harrison, published by R. Ackermann, 1820 [plates and text watermarked 1818]
Abbey Travel II, 698; Colas II, 3000; Tooley 495; Sabin 99460; Prideaux pp 355, 375; Bobins I 31.
London: printed by L. Harrison, published by R. Ackermann, 1820 [plates and text watermarked 1818]

Large quarto (14 1/4 x 11 inches). 24 hand-coloured aquatints (4 folding) after Vidal by T. Sutherland, G. Maile and J. Bluck. Original red roan-backed drab paper-covered boards, paper label to spine, modern blue morocco box, titled in gilt on upper cover and spine. Provenance: Quentin Keynes (sale Christie's London, 7 April 2004, lot 125). Originally issued in monthly parts, the volume form was then published in two formats with 750 Elephant 4to copies and 50 large paper copies. 'The only notable colour plate book in English dealing with the Argentine' (Tooley). English interest in South America flourished after the capture of Buenos Aires by Commodore Beresford in 1806. Ackermann exploited the widespread and substantial interest in South American affairs that this event aroused, through a number of publications, including these views. Vidal was paymaster on the British Navy and was one of the most important travelling artists working in pre and post-independence South America. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. General View of Buenos Ayres from the Plaza de Toro.* 2. Landing Place. 3. Fort. 4. Water Cart. 5. Market Place of Buenos Ayres. 6. The Plaza. 7. Milk Boys. 8. South Matadero, (Public Butchery). 9. Fishing. 10. Church of San Domingo. 11. Beggars on Horseback. 12. Pampa Indians. 13. Shipping Hides at the Custom House. 14. Monte Video. From the Anchorage outside the Harbour / Buenos Ayres. From the Bank between the Outer and Inner Roads.* 15. A Country Public House & Travellers. 16. Estantia (Farm) on the River San Pedro. 17. Balling Ostriches. 18. Gauchos (Rustics) of Tucuman. 19. Convoy of Wine Mules. 20. Travelling Waggon in a Pontano (Morass). 21. Travelling Post.* 22. Paolistas, Soldiers of the East bank of the Plata. 23. A Quinta (Farm). 24. A Horse Race.* * denotes a folding plate.