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A collection of etchings portraying the natives of India in their costumes, occupation and cultural life . it was the most ambitious publishing venture yet taken in India. For sometime, Solvyns had wandered with his sketchbook, drawing Indians in their occupational pursuits, their festivals and the rich diversity of their cultural lives. He drew their musical instruments, their boats, their carts, and their modes of smoking. With genuine curiosity and a keenly observant and sympathetic eye, Solvyns recorded an India few Europeans really saw. First published in 1804, this fine reprint edition with sixty beautiful colour-printed stripple engraved plates, ably capture the mysterious beauty of India and its natives. Printed Pages: 128 with 60 colours illustrations. Size: 33 x 24 Cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 100124
Titel: The Costume of Hindostan
Verlag: Aryan Books International
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New
Auflage: First Edition.
Buchbeschreibung London: Edward Orme, [plates watermarked] 1832, 1832. Folio (356 × 258 mm) Full contemporary red morocco, neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down, title gilt to the spine, broad flat bands, first, third and fifth compartments densely gilt, broad arabesqued foliate roll, gilt to the boards, enclosing similar, narrower, roll in blind, all edges gilt. A little rubbed, carefully restored at the extremities, corners, headcaps, and on the joints, endpapers renewed, light browning, and a scatter of foxing, largely to the text leaves, mild off-setting from the plates, a very good copy. 60 hand-coloured aquatint plates. Later issue. Originally published in parts in 1804-5, and first published in book form in 1807, Martin Hardie remarks on the book's "somewhat interesting history". A professional artist, Solvyns was born in Antwerp in 1760, trained at the Academy there, and embarked on a career as a marine artist. Around 1790 he "went to India to seek his fortune, but soon found that he could not compete with British artists already established there" (India Observed). Managing to survive on various small commissions, he eventually attracted the interest of William Jones, and was encouraged to embark on the "grandiose scheme for a huge work on the dress, manners and customs of the Hindus". Between 1796 and 1799 he published his Collection of Two Hundred and Fifty Coloured Etchings which was not well-received, but this selection of images, based on "water-colour copies [made] from Solvyn's originals" (Abbey) by William Orme, and published - perhaps piratically - by his older brother Edward, did at least seem to attract some positive attention. Solvyns's overall lack of success has been attributed to the fact that "for a public now used to the superb aquatints of Thomas Daniell, his engravings appeared, as a contemporary wrote, 'very rude'. Nevertheless his figures with their dignified and almost tragic air, form a unique survey of the people of Bengal and their daily life" (India Observed). An attractive copy of a work which has much appeal to the modern eye, both for its simplicity and directness of style, and its value as a document. Abbey Travel 429; Colas 2765; India Observed, p.68; Martin Hardie p.132; Tooley 461. Artikel-Nr. 105236