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Bowler (T.W.)


A Series of Picturesque Views from Original Sketches by T.W. Bowler with a descriptive letterpress by W.R. Thomson

Published: London, 1865

Stock Number: #5630/4

Price: R25,000


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Unpaginated, triple tinted lithographic frontispiece ? ?Cape Point - H.M.S. Birkenhead?, 19 double tinted lithographic plates,each plate with accompanying text, original blind stamped brown pebble-grained cloth, recased and reinforced with linen at the hinges of several of the plates, titled gilt on upper cover, edges uncut. Occasional foxing on the front of the plates. The foxing is more widespread on the backs of the plates. The original tissue guards of each plate are frayed. First edition

In his preface Thomson writes, 'The artist visited and sketched every one of the localities in this series with no other object than faithfully to portray scenes, not only in themselves beautiful and picturesque, but of personal and historic interest to many families in and beyond the colony. The title of the work was a sufficient guide to the choice of subjects. With the exception of the frontispiece, they are all confined to the Eastern Province of the colony and the British Kaffraria, and are illustrative of the country occupied by the British settlers of 1820, and especially of such scenes as have become famous in colonial history during the successive wars which have been waged against the original possessors of the soil, the indomitable Caffres.' The subjects of the plates are: Main Street, Port Elizabeth; Market Square, Port Elizabeth; Graham's Town from the Bay Road; Kowie, Looking Seaward; Fort Beaufort; Fuller's Hoek, Waterkloof in the Distance; Blinkwater Hill; Mount Misery, Waterkloof; Macomo's Den, Waterkloof; Blinkwater Drift; Fort Armstrong, Kat River; Peffer's Kop; Chumie; Kieskamma, Near Fort Cox, Amatola in the Distance; Burns' Hill Missionary Station; Yellowwood Drift, Lenye Valley; Wolf River; Boma Pass and King William's Town.Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow on front paste-down end paper.