SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Picturesque Views of the Diamond Rock taken on the spot and dedicated to Sir Samuel Hood...Charibbee Islands.

London: published for the author by J.C. Stadler, 1805.
Bobins supplementary list 08/14; Abbey Travel II 689; Prideaux 334; Tooley 191.
London: published for the author by J.C. Stadler, 1805.

Oblong folio, modern 3/4 red morocco, with matching title label to upper board, raised bands in blind and lettered in gilt to spine, an engraved title, 14 hand-coloured aquatint plates, and two uncoloured, after Stadler. "A pictorial record commemorating the seizure of the tiny islet known as Diamond Rock, for the purpose of close blockade of the French island of Martinique. The islet was armed with five heavy guns and commissioned as a sloop of war "(Abbey). Coloured plates in order: [Uncoloured] Title page. [Uncoloured] Portraits of the Officers of H.M.S. Centaur &c. With identifications. 1. The tent of the Miners, making the Covered way, with the Curieux Brig, a Prize. 2. The Saw-pit and Carpenters Shop. 3. Hammocks in a Fig-tree; Sailors visiting a Sick Messmate. 4. The passage upon the Rock, with the Mail-Coach. 5. The Forge. 6. The Farm, with a View of a Wild Fig-tree. 7. The Centaur Battery. 8. A Lodgement under a Rock on the South-west Side. 9. The Bay towards Saline Point, with the Centaur and Blenheim firing at Fort St. Anne. 10. The Queen's Battery; Seamen hauling up Spars; the Centaur and Blenheim at Anchor on the Diamond Patch. 11. Portland-place; an eminence on the Rock, with the Governor's Tent, Painter's Tent &c. 12. General View of the Diamond Rock from the N.E. Side, with the Queen's Battery. 13. Southeast View of the Diamond Rock, with the Cannon being hauled up from the Centaur by the Cable. 14. Sailors hauling up the heavy Cannon, on the foot of the Rock, in a Surf.