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Entrance Into Kojak Pass from Parush.
Entrance Into Kojak Pass from Parush.
[James Atkinson.]
[n.d., c.1842.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet: 330 x 515mm (13 x 20¼'').
A view of a mountain pass through which a crowd of men and soldiers walk attented by tribesmen. Plate 9 from 'Sketches in Afghanistan' by James Atkinson, one of the earliest studies of Afghanistan.
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The Troops Emerging from the Narrow Part of the Defile.
The Troops Emerging from the Narrow Part of the Defile.
[J. Atkinson.]
[London: H. Graves & Co., 1842.]
Sepia tinted lithograph heightened in white, image 250 x 365mm. 9¾ x 14¼".
Anglo-Indian troops with camels on a narrow mountain pass observed by commanding officers in the foreground. The First Anglo-Afghan War was fought between British India and Afghanistan from 1839 to 1842. From 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson of the East India Company’s Bengal Medical Service. Lithography by Louis and Charles Haghe.
Abbey Travel: 508, 11. British Library: 000135888.
[Ref: 20457]   £250.00   (£300.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Encampment at Dadur with the entrance to the Bolan Pass.]
[The Encampment at Dadur with the entrance to the Bolan Pass.]
[Drawn by James Atkinson, lithographed by Louis & Charles Haghe.]
[London: H. Graves & Co., 1842.]
Tinted lithograph with original hand colour. Trimmed to image and laid on card, as issued, image 250 x 365mm (10 x 14¼"). Slight toning of paper.
A view of the Army of the Indus camped on their way to Afghanistan via the Bolan Pass, now in Pakistan. Atkinson described the scene: ''On the foreground is Khalik Dad, Belooch, governor of Dadur and his attendant, and some of the wearied camp-followers preparing their scanty meal. As far as the eye can reach from the camp, desolation has marked this arid spot, and the progress to it was a most arduous one; water rarely met with, but in small quantities, and forage equally scarce''. From the subscription edition of 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson (1780-1852), 'Superintending Surgeon of the Army of the Indus, Bengal Division' during the ill-fated British expedition into Afghanistan (1838-42). A Persian scholar and linguist, Atkinson has been described as 'a Renaissance man among Anglo-Indians'. Because of his languages he met many of the Afghan protagonists, including both Shah Shoojah-ool-Moolk and Dost Mohammad Khan. Fortunately he left the British garrison in 1840 to take another post, thus avoiding the disastrous retreat from Kabul in 1842. In his book 'The Expedition into Afghanistan', also published 1842, he compared the British presence in Afghanistan to Sisyphus rolling his stone up the hill.
Abbey Travel: 508.
[Ref: 57385]   £360.00  
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A View of Tanfield Arch in the County of Durham.
A View of Tanfield Arch in the County of Durham. From the Painting of the late Joseph Atkinson of Newcastle upon Tyne in the Possession of Sir Mat.w White Ridley Bar.t by whose Permission this Plate is Engraved for the Benefit of the Widow and Children.
Painted by J. Atkinson. Engraved by J.C. Stadler.
[n.d., c.1804.]
Very rare aquatint. Sheet 500 x 615mm (19¾ x 24¼"). Trimmed within plate on three sides, repaired tear top left, a few signs of surface wear.
A picturesque view of the Causey Arch, a single-arched bridge built for a horse-drawn railway for transporting coal from Tanfield Coal works to the River Tyne. Built 1725-6 by stonemason Ralph Wood, it was the longest single-span bridge in the country with an arch span of 31 metres (102 ft), a record it held until 1756. Over 900 horse-drawn wagons crossed each day. In the 19th century, the wooden track was replaced with metal rails, and horses were replaced by stationary steam winding engines. The line closed in 1962 but the arch was restored in the 1980s for public use. Engraved by J.C. Stadler after a watercolour by the Newcastle artist Joseph Atkinson.
[Ref: 49817]   £850.00  
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The Main Street in the Bazaar at Caubul in the Fruit Season.
The Main Street in the Bazaar at Caubul in the Fruit Season.
[J. Atkinson.]
[London: H. Graves & Co., 1842.]
Sepia tinted lithograph heightened in white, image 250 x 365mm. 9¾ x 14¼".
A busy market scene in Kabul, the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. The First Anglo-Afghan War was fought between British India and Afghanistan from 1839 to 1842. From 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson of the East India Company’s Bengal Medical Service. Lithography by Louis and Charles Haghe.
Abbey Travel: 508, 20. British Library: 000135888.
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Fort of Mahomed Khan. - near Cabul.
Fort of Mahomed Khan. - near Cabul.
[Drawn by James Atkinson, lithographed by Louis & Charles Haghe.]
[London: H. Graves & Co., 1842.]
Tinted lithograph with large margins. Printed area 290 x 380mm (11½ x 15").
A view looking past a group of camping Afghans to the fortress of Dost Mohammad Khan (1793-1863). It was his negotiations for help from the Russians that led the British to invade Afghanistan in 1839. Forced into exile by the British, he returned in triumph in 1842. During the British invasion the Battle of Ghazni (July 23rd 1839) was a significant victory: the loss of the city caused the Afghan ruler, Dost Muhammad, to ask for terms of surrender, but finding them unacceptable, he fled Kabul. From 'Sketches in Afghanistan' by James Atkinson (1780-1852), 'Superintending Surgeon of the Army of the Indus, Bengal Division' during the ill-fated British expedition into Afghanistan (1838-42). A Persian scholar and linguist, Atkinson has been described as 'a Renaissance man among Anglo-Indians'. Because of his languages he met many of the Afghan protagonists, including both Shah Shoojah-ool-Moolk and Dost Mohammad Khan. Fortunately he left the British garrison in 1840 to take another post, thus avoiding the disastrous retreat from Kabul in 1842. In his book 'The Expedition into Afghanistan', also published 1842, he compared the British presence in Afghanistan to Sisyphus rolling his stone up the hill.
Abbey Travel: 508.
[Ref: 35508]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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