The Seat Of The War In The East; First and Second Series. William Simpson.

The Seat Of The War In The East; First and Second Series

London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi, 1855-1856. Hardcover. Folio. 54.8 x 35.2 cm. Total of 81 lithographed plates, two lithographed pictorial title pages, and 79 tinted lithograph plates with tissue guards. Simpson accompanied the British Expedition to the Crimea, his images were drawn on the spot. His views of the Crimean war were in effect the official views of the wars, lithographed and published by the leading London firms, both with Royal commissions, and dedicated with permission to Queen Victoria. The British Crimea campaign is today, considered a consummate debacle, in spite of Florence Nightingale's noble efforts and the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade." Front endpapers and blank chipped at edges, small dampstain at foot of first series title page and dedication, corners renewed, modest edge-wear, armorial bookplate. Plates clean, vivid and bright. ABBEY TRAVEL 237. "These plates are indeed an impressive piece of work, not only artistically and technically, but also in pictorial reporting. Simpson must in this way rank an early war correspondent...." Contemporary three quarter maroon morocco and cloth rebacked. Aeg. Very good. Item #20505

Price: $4,500.00

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