SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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WILKIE, Sir David.
NASH, Joseph.
Sketches Spanish and Oriental [1846]. From Sketches by Joseph Nash.

London: Messrs Graves & Warmsley, printed by C. Hullmandel, 1846.
Abbey Travel 39; Lipperheide 1230; not in Tooley; Palau 375516; Bobins 571.
London: Messrs Graves & Warmsley, printed by C. Hullmandel, 1846.

Folio, lithographed title and 25 hand-coloured lithographed plates, mounted on card, loose as issued, in a 1/4 red morocco, red cloth portfolio, with matching title label to upper cover. Uncommon coloured issue. This series of drawings was Wilkie's second and was published posthumously after Wilkie died at sea in June 1841. Many of the sketches are studies for oil paintings that Wilkie intended to work upon his return. Aided by sensitive lithography and colouring, they possess a vigour that might have been in a more finished production. According to the introduction on the text leaf, "The original sketches, whence the present work is derived, realised a sum of not less than £1,400.00". Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. Washington Irving Examining Spanish Records. 2. The Departure of the Guerilla. 3. The Guerilla's Return. 4. The Senoritta. 5. The Duke of Wellington writing a dispatch on the night before the Battle of Waterloo. 6. Monks at Confession at Toledo. 7. A group of figures entering Madrid. 8. The Pifferari playing Hymns to the Madonna. 9. The Princess Doria washing the feet of the Pilgrims. 10. Napoleon and the Pope at Fontainebleau. 11. Benvenuto Cellini presenting to Pope Paul III, a Chalice of his own manufacture. 12. The Indian Hookabadar. 13. Lady of Pera. 14. Mrs. Young, the Consul's wife at Jerusalem, in an Eastern Dress. 15. Jewish Lady at Pera. 16. A Persian Prince; his Slave bringing him Sherbet. 17. A Circassian Lady. 18. The Muleteer who accompanied Sir David Wilkie from Jerusalem to Jaffa. 19. The Saviour at Emma's. 20. Scene on Old Castile. 21. Columbus at the Convent of La Rabida. 22. Wilkie about to examine the pictures in the Escurial. 23. Biscayan Peasants. 24. The Christening of the first child. 25. Washing the feet of the Pilgrims. 26. The Spanish Posada, or Guerrilla Council of War.