SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BOWLER, Thomas William.
South African Sketches a Series of Ten of the most interesting Views at the Cape of Good Hope.

Published
London: Day & Son, Ackermann & Co., and S. Robertson of Capetown, 1854.
References
Abbey Travel 343; Gordon Brown, pp. 50, 56-7; Kenney Catalogue of Prints in the South African Museum, Johannesburg, 1975, I B254-263; Bobins 81.
Plates
9 + title
Binding/Size
L=FOLIO
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Day & Son, Ackermann & Co., and S. Robertson of Capetown, 1854.
Ref
5029

Folio, nine hand-coloured lithographs engraved by J. Needham after sketches by Bowler and lithographed by Day & Son, including title, red cloth-backed thin card wrappers, modern tan cloth folder, and slipcase with morocco label on spine. He painted a panorama of the district and published in 1844 Four Views of Cape Town (see above); also, this series of ten lithographs of scenes at the Cape of Good Hope in 1865 and the Kafir Wars, a series of 20 views with descriptive letterpress by W.R. Thomson. He exhibited two of his Cape views at the Royal Academy in 1860 (DNB). Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. From Wynberg Hill, False Bay in the distance. 3. Table Bay, from Robben Island. 4. Kalk Bay - Evening. 5. Royal Observatory, looking westward. 6. Great Constantia, the property of J.P. Cloete, Esq. 7. Table bay, from Blue Berg. 8. Admiralty House - entrance to Simon's Town. 9. Castle, Cape Town, from the S.E. angle of the Parade. 10. Botanical Gardens, Cape Town.