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[Second Series] The Seat of War in the East

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Simpson, William. The Seat of War in the East Vol. 2. London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co.. 1856.

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Simpson, William (1856) The Seat of War in the East Vol. 2. London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co..

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Simpson, William, The Seat of War in the East Vol. 2. London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co.. 1856.

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First edition of this remarkable series of images from the Crimean War, by the "pioneer war-artist" William Simpson, the complete First and Second Series with two lithographed vignette title pages and 79 large folio tinted lithographstinted in two colorsin attractive contemporary morocco.

"After the Crimean war broke out Simpson was engaged upon views of the Baltic battles for Colnaghi & Son; and when that firm decided to publish a large illustrated work on the Crimean campaign from sketches made on the spot, Simpson was selected for the work on Days recommendation. He started on short notice, arrived at Balaclava in November 1854, and remained with the British army till the fall of Sebastopol.

Simpson was thus the pioneer war-artist, and received several commissions to paint incidents in the war for the queen. The Seat of War in the East was published in two volumes by Colnaghi in 1855-6, and is still regarded as a brilliant example of lithographic work" (DNB). "These plates are indeed an impressive piece of work, not only artistically and technically, but also as pictorial reporting. Simpson must in this way rank as an early war correspondent" (Abbey).

Simpson covered one of the first wars to be documented extensively in written reports, drawings and even photographs. News correspondence reaching Britain from the Crimea was the first time the public could follow the day-to-day realities of war. Both series were published in ten parts, each part containing four plates, except the last part of the second series, which contained five plates, including the lithographed title page. This work was also issued with the plates hand-colored.

Common to have the first and second series of this work to be bound together in the same volume.

Cover title: Simpson's Sketches at the Seat of War

Lithographs by London : Day & Son.

[12] p., xl leaves of plates: ill. 2 v. in 1. 1st & 2nd series.

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Abbey Travel 237.

List of Images

1. Front Cover

2. Title Page - Second Series

3. Disembarkation of the Expedition to Kertch at Kamish Bournou, and the Blowing Up of St. Paul's Battery.

4. Fortress of Yenikale, Looking Towards the Sea of Azoff.

5. Kertch from the North.

6. Key to "Straits of Yenikale with the Bay and Town of Kertch from the Old Fortress of Yenikale"

7. Straits of Yenikale with the Bay and Town of Kertch., From the Old Fortress of Yenikale.

8. Key to the "Funeral Cortege of Lord Raglan Leaving Head Quarters"

9. Funeral Cortege of Lord Raglan Leaving Head Quarters.

10. Key to "The Town Batteries or Interior Fortifications of Sebastopol."

11. The Town Batteries or Interior Fortifications of Sebastopol, From the Advanced Parallel of Chapman's Attack, 23 June 1855.

12. Burning of the Government Buildings at Kertch. 9th June 1855.

13. Key to "The Interior of Lord Raglan's Head Quarters, a Council of War"

14. Interior of Lord Raglan's Head Quarters, a Council of War.

15. Key to "Camp of the 4th Division."

16. Camp of the 4th Division. July 15th 1855.

17. Key to "Cavalry Camp." 9th July 1855.

18. Cavalry Camp, 9th July 1855.

19. Key to "Camp of the Light Division"

20. Camp of the Light Division.

21. Key to "Camp of the 3rd Division." July 9th 1855.

22. Camp of the 3rd Division.

23. Sketch in the Interior of the Mamelon Vert, Looking South.

24. Key to "Battle of the Tchernaya."

25. Battle of the Tchernaya, 16th August, 1855.

26. Key to "Valley of the Tchernaya."

27. Valley of the Tchernaya. Looking North.

28. Balaklava Shewing the State of the Quays & the Shipping, in May 1855.

29. Cape Aiya. Looking North, Towards Balaklava.

30. The Valley of Baidar. From near Petroski's Villa, Looking East.

31. The Attack on the Malakoff.

32. The Interior of the Redan. Taken from Its Left Face, Looking Towards the Salient Angle, Looking South.

33. Church in the Rear of the Redan. Looking North Showing the Effects of Shot and Shell.

34. Key to "Sebastopol from the Rear of Fort Nicholas, Looking South."

35. Sebastopol from the Rear of Fort Nicholas, Looking South.

36. The Investiture of the Order of the Bath. At the Head Quarters of the British Army Before Sebastopol.

37. Key to "The North Side of the Harbour of Sebastopol, From the Top of the Harbour, June 22nd 1855."

38. The North Side of the Harbour of Sebastopol. From the Top of the Harbour, 22nd June 1855.

39. Ditch of the Bastion du Mat.

40. Docks at Sebastopol with Ruins of Fort St. Paul.

41. Interior of the Malakoff with the Remains of the Round Tower.

42. Kamiesch.

43. Interior of Fort Nicholas.

44. Public Library & Temple of the Winds.

45. Quarantine Cemetery and Church, with French Battery No. 50.

46. The Admiralty, Sebastopol.

47. Hospital and Cemetery at Scutari.

48. One of the Wards of the Hospital at Scutari.

49. Church of St. Peter & St. Paul.

50. Key to "Sebastopol from Old Chersonese, and Ancient Church of St. Vladimir"

51. Sebastopol from Old Chersonese, and Ancient Church of St. Vladimir.

52. Key to "Redan and Advanced Trenches of British Right Attack"

53. Redan and Advanced Trenches of British Right Attack.

54. Key to "Ditch of the Malakoff, Battery Gervais and Rear of the Redan"

55. Ditch of the Malakoff, Battery Gervais and Rear of the Redan.

56. Mine of the Bastion du Mat.

57. Key to "Bastion du Mat, from the Central Bastion"

58. Bastion du Mat, from the Central Bastion.

59. Back Cover

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Publisher: London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co.

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Date Added: 2019-08-15

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