Burma

Painted and Described by R. Talbot Kelly.

TALBOT KELLY, R.

TALBOT KELLY, R. Burma Painted and Described by R. Talbot Kelly.

A & C Black, 1905.

First edition, first issue, catalogue of adverts dated 1905 to the rear. 8vo. Burgundy pictorial cloth, with beautiful peacock design blocked in gilt, blue and red. Top edge gilt. Publisher's catalogue dated September 1905 to rear. Seventy five full page colour illustrations under captioned tissue guards. Fold out sketch map to the rear, slightly creased. A near fine copy, very bright to the upper cover, with a little fading to spine. Spotting to endpapers and page edges, half-title tanned, but otherwise clean throughout. Advertising leaflet and order form for A&C Black's Durbar loosely laid it.

The author and artist of the book Talbot Kelly was unfamiliar with Burma (Myanmar) when he received the commission for this book. His travels took him from Rangoon and other towns, up the Irrawaddy and through the jungle. "The difficulties under which I worked were great: fatiguing journeys through forest and jungle, climatic conditions most unkind to the painter, difficulty of language and health and, the supremest difficulty...of rightly appraising a strange country." Nonetheless, the impression he provides both pictorial and verbal are enough to intrigue and delight the reader.

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Stock ID: 41893

£300.00

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