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Author Name    ALLEN, Commander William (1793-1864).

Title   Picturesque Views on the River Niger, Sketched during Lander’s Last Visit in 1832-33.

Binding   paperback

Book Condition   Oblong folio. vi, [7]-18 pp. Subscriber’s list, 11 chromolithographic plates (with 22 views on 10 plates), including a larg

Publisher   London: John Murray, Hodgson & Graves, Ackerman 1840

Seller ID   LV1948

London:: John Murray, Hodgson & Graves, Ackerman. 1840. paperback. Oblong folio. vi, [7]-18 pp. Subscriber’s list, 11 chromolithographic. plates (with 22 views on 10 plates), including a large three-page. folding plate facing p. 13, drawn on stone by Allen, W. L. Walton, T.. Picken and C. Haghe, all printed by Day & Haghe. All plate images are. clean and have paper linings; paper lining missing on plate facing p.. 9, paper lining on verso of plate facing p. 11 with related minimal. offsetting from the two uncovered plates. Original decorative blind. and gilt-stamped mauve cloth, upper cover with title in gilt, below. the gilt royal arms of Queen Victoria (reign 1837-1901), but alluding. to Albert in his official capacity as consort to Her Majesty (the. book is dedicated to him) [copies are variously bound in either cloth. or printed wrappers – see: BM inventory), spine expertly replaced;. light wear to corners, endpaper hinges reinforced with white tape,. some fading and minor spotting to cover. Signature of Trotter (front. pastedown), also named in the Subscriber’s list (4 copies to Captain. Trotter, R.N., 3 others to the family). Very good. RARE.. CAPTAIN TROTTER’S COPY – HAND-COLORED PLATES & BOUND WITH THE ROYAL COAT OF ARMS. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, but there were certainly two issues: one with hand-colored plates and the other without coloring – also the bindings can differ (cloth or printed wrappers and known). These amazing works of art were created from the drawings of William Allen by several Day & Haghe Lithographers to the Queen, including W. I. Walton, T. Picken, and C. Haghe. Allen had accompanied Richard Lander and Oldfield and carried out a survey of the River Niger in 1832-1833. The present work was published in light of the interest that the proposed expedition of 1841- 1842 (under the command of Captain Trotter – this being his copy) generated. Allen went on to command the steamer ship HMS Wilberforce, a survey vessel, vessel for exploration, (launched 1840; on this ill-fated expedition (a number of the crew died of ague – possibly malaria – or “Niger” fever) – The Lancet, 1844, vol. 1, pp. 757-8; Abbey Travel 284. The eleven plates (inventory): One full page map image on plate facing p. 7: “A Part of the Rivers Niger & Chadda. Surveyed in 1832-3 by Commander Wm. Allen, R. N.” Four postcard sixed images on plate facing p. 8: “Views on the Nun Branch of the River Niger.” One full sized image on plate facing p. 9: “Procession to IBU.” Two horizontal panoramic views on plate facing p. 10: “Cliffs at Attah.” [and] “Mountains & Market Canoes near Bokweh.” One full size image on plate facing p. 11: “Huts at Joggue.” One full sized image on plate facing p. 12: “The Palaver” One full sized image on plate facing plate facing p. 12: “Mount Patteh from Bangaden.” One large tri-page folding plate image facing p. 13: “The Confluence of the Rivers Niger and Chadda.” Two vertical images on one plate facing p. 14: “The King Giving Judgement at the Gate of His Palace.”[and] “The Interior of the Chief Malem’s House.” Two vertical images on one plate facing p. 16: “The Morning Call.” [and] “Attàh.” Seven panoramic miniature images on plate facing plate on p. 16: “Beaufort Island”; “Six Miles Below the Confluence”; “Twenty Miles Above the Confluence”; “The Terry Mountains”; “The Rennell Mountains”; “Zagoshi – Cliffs about 150 feet high – The City of Rabba.” William Day (1797–1845) and Louis Haghe (1806-1885) were watercolor artists and lithographers who partnered in forming Day & Haghe, the most famous early Victorian lithographic firm in London. Day & Haghe created and printed lithographs dealing with a wide range of subjects, such as hunting scenes, architecture, topographical views and genre depictions. They pioneered the new techniques for chromolithography as well as hand-tinted lithographs. Their work was so technically superior that in 1838, they were appointed Lithographers to the Queen. In fact 5 copies of this book were given to the Queen. Louis Haghe’s most ambitious project was providing 250 images for David Roberts’ The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia printed between 1842–9. Roberts praised his skill and artistry, although John Ruskin called it ‘forced’. From the mid- 1850s Haghe concentrated more on his watercolors, and gained a reputation for his architectural scenes of northern Europe, with his pictures bought and displayed by the Victoria and Albert Museum. He also painted in oils, which were exhibited at the British Institution. He became president of the New Society of Painters in Water Colors from 1873 to 1884. Haghe’s artistic works were achieved in spite of a deformity in his right hand since birth. His younger brother Charles Haghe (d.1888) was employed as an assistant at Day & Haghe, and remained there after Louis left. After William’s death in 1845, the firm became known as ‘Day & Son’. [Paraphrased from two Wiki.pedia articles on these artists]. – Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 23, p.439. PROVENANCE: Captain Henry Dundas Trotter (1802-1859), Scottish officer of the Royal Navy, who reached the rank of rear-admiral. “For a few months in 1838 Trotter was flag-captain to Sir Philip Durham at Portsmouth. In 1840 he was appointed captain of the Albert steamer, commander of the Niger expedition of 1841, and chief of the commission authorized to conclude treaties of commerce with the local rulers. The squadron of three small steamers sailed from England in May 1841, and entered the Niger River on 13 August. In less than three weeks the other two vessels were incapacitated by fever, and obliged to return (see William Allen. Trotter in the Albert struggled on as far as Egga, where, on 3 October, he was prostrated by the fever; and, as the greater part of his ship’s company was also down with it, he was obliged to turn back. He succeeded, however, in establishing some treaties.” – Wiki.pedia;. Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 19, pp. 1179-1181; Abbey, Travel 284. . 2

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