[A scrapbook containing various prints, watercolours and sketches.]
Scrapbook; 4to, marbled boards, calf spine with gilt title, scarce & interesting. Front board detatched from spine.
A varied scrapbook containing, amongst many other items; A pencil drawing of the fictional character Robinson Crusoe, with a look of dismay after discovering tracks in the sand by the water. He holds a gun and has various smaller weapons tied around his waist, followed by a dog; three watercolour illustrations to Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', published in 1852, 'Uncle Tom's small-fry (after Thomas)', 'Uncle Tom & Chloe talking over Tom's future prospects', and [Preparing food in the kitchen.]; a pencil sketch of the surveying vessel 'Ponwah', at anchor in the Tuddree River. The 'Ponwah' was used by Alfred Dundas Taylor (1825 - 1898), a civil architect to the admitalty, during the survey of the west coast of India, south of Bombay; a small engraving of the 'Magnetic Observatory, Colaba, Bombay' after G. Buist, by G.S. Tullis, 1845; an early pen and ink sketch of the harbour of Muscat from the sea, the capital of Oman. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians, the Balochs and Gujaratis. Fort al-Jalali, built by the Portuguese in the 1580s to protect the harbor after Muscat had twice been sacked by Ottoman forces, can be seen on the rocks to the right; four brightly coloured watercolour sketches depicting figures in traditional Arab costume.
[Ref: 35787] £2,500.00