SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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MANN, D.D.
The Present Picture of New South Wales, illustrated with four large coloured drawings taken on the spot, of Sydney...

Published
London: John Booth, 1811.
References
Abbey Travel 566; Bobins 329.
Plates
4 + 1
Binding/Size
XL=elephant folio
Value
25001-100000
Published
London: John Booth, 1811.
Ref
5491

A quarto text volume, with brown drab cardboard covers, and a damaged and well worn spine, uncut. Containing a coloured and folding plan of the 'Settlements in N.S.W'. MS signature of 'A & H.C. Hamilton, together with bookplate of: 'Charles R.J. Glover' to front pastedown. Separately are 4 hand coloured folio aquatint plates, all preserved in an olive coloured linen box. A very decorative gilt and morocco title label to upper cover. Bookplate of: 'Norman R. Bobins'. These views are possibly the earliest authentic coloured views of any Australian town, and certainly the earliest aquatints. The man from whose drawings they were engraved, J. Eyre, was one of the early convicts. **Complete with the plates, this book is VERY RARE, & the text or the plates alone almost equally so.** Coloured plates order: 1. New South Wales. View of Sydney, from the East Side of the Cove. No. 1 2. New South Wales. View of Sydney, from the West Side of the Cove. No. 1 3. New South Wales. View of Sydney, from the East side of the Cove. No.2 4. New South Wales. View of Sydney, from the West Side of the Cove. No. 2 5. [Plan] A New Plan of the Settlements in N.S.W., taken by order of Government.