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204

[Trapaud, Captain (later General) Elisha.

TWENTY VIEWS IN INDIA. LONDON, 1788]
Estimate
10,00015,000
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204

[Trapaud, Captain (later General) Elisha.

TWENTY VIEWS IN INDIA. LONDON, 1788]
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

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[Trapaud, Captain (later General) Elisha.

TWENTY VIEWS IN INDIA. LONDON, 1788]

first edition, folio (595 x 460mm.), 20 sepia aquatint views by John Wells after Elisha Trapaud, 3 leaves of descriptive letterpress text, contemporary diced calf, flat spine gilt, some light spotting and marginal dust soiling, first text leaf with darker dust soiling, binding worn


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Provenance

West Dean Park, Sussex, book label; John Frederick Duthoit A.R.I.B.A. (1873-1944), posthumous armorial bookplate

Literature

Abbey, Travel 417

Catalogue Note

trapaud's views of india are exceedingly rare. There is no record for a complete copy sold in over thirty years on ABPC (the Travis copy, sale in these rooms 26 May 2005, was incomplete), and the last copy that we could trace in Book Auction Records was sold in 1914. No title was issued.

"Lt. General Elisha Trapaud (1750-1828), soldier, engineer and artist, went to Sumatra in 1776 as an East India Company factor, staying for two years. He returned to London in 1778 but then joined the Madras Engineers in 1779. In 1783 it appears that Trapaud joined the expedition led by Captain John Macdonald to survey Sumatra in 1783 which took three years and in 1786 he went to Penang. Trapaud was promoted to Lt. General in 1814 and died in 1828. Some of his watercolours of India and Penang are in the India Office Library, London." (Head, R. Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings, Engravings and Busts in the collections of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, 1991)

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