Eighteen Views Taken at and Near Rangoon [with; Six Coloured Prints Illustrative of the Combined Operations of the British Forces in the Birman Empire]
First edition, very rare, of this pictorial documentation of the Anglo-Indian capture of Rangoon, as well as presenting the beauty and atmosphere of Burmese scenery, architecture and landscape. The first Anglo-Burmese war of 1824 to 1826 was one of the costliest campaigns ever fought by the Empire. Fifteen thousand British and Indian soldiers, and an unknown, much higher number of Burmese, civilian and soldiers, died, and the finances of the East India Company, to whose directors the work is dedicated, were ruined.
These 24 (18+6) plates are the first large-scale views of Burma, a part of the world pretty unknown to the British. Not much is available about the clearly very talented artist, Lieutenant Joseph Moore, 89th Foot. - The following year appeared a further series of six views, and there were two text booklets as well. Everything is very rarely found together.
First and Second Series in one vol., lithographed pictorial titles (one partly hand-colored), hand-colored pictorial dedication leaf to the directors of the East India Company, subscriber's leaf with large vignette by J. Bromley after T. Stothard, 24 hand-colored lithographed plates (first series G. Hunt after Moore, second series by H. Pyall after Thornton and Marryat), all on India-proof paper, 6 lithographed pages of subscribers (in India and England), half calf ; Notes to Accompany the Rangoon Views [and Second Series], 2 vol. bound in one, original upper covers, contemporary brown half morocco, with gilted text on the board.
Abbey Travel 404; Tooley 334; Bobins 299.
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Publisher: London: [1825-26].
Date Added: 2019-06-18