"In 1823 Ousley was transferred to Rio as secretary, and in 1838 was promoted to charge d'affaires. He was sent on a mission to Uruguay and Argentina in 1844 and returned to England in 1850 ... After he had returned to England, via the United States, he wished to publish a collection of drawings and watercolors of Brazil and the Rio de la Plata. The selection was made by Queen Victoria. This rare and valued album contains very picturesque lithographs" (Borba de Moraes).
Published in 1852 and issued as tinted lithographs, like the present, for £4.4s, or hand colored at £6.16s.6d, both issues are very rare. Unlike other lithographed plate books from this period, there was no deluxe issue on card. The list of plates cites the plan, 25 plates, plus one vignette (titled Serra de Estrella), though the vignette is in appearance no different than the other plates. Not in Abbey, attesting to the work's rarity.
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