Folio. , 28pp, 19 lithographic plates in total, 2 coloured. One wood-engraved map colored in outline. Rare first edition , “Subscriber’s Copy”, published by the author himself. Rebacked spine. Retains original blue cloth, gilt illustrated boards. Blind stamped compartments on front and back boards. Gilt fore-edges. Gilt on front cover is faded. As is that of the fore-edges. Rubbed edges show signs of shelfwear. Exposed hinge, though binding is firm. Title page and dedication have suffered from exposure to black mould, resulting in some spotting. The 18th plate has a 4cm closed tear. There is a chip 14cm long and 2cm wide on p7, though it does not obscure the text in any way. The lengths of the final 2 pages of text, entitled “List of subscribers”, are creased. Please see pictures for context. Notwithstanding the above, the book is complete with all 19 lithographs in very good condition. Notable amongst these are Anderson’s rare depictions of the ports of Ascension and St Helena. “To India and Back” offers a nuanced insight into one of the most significant trade routes of the 19th century. A rare true first edition of an important work.
Anderson, John Corbet, To India and Back by the Cape: By a Traveller; With Numerous Drawings on Wood and Stone, John C. Anderson, 1858
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