Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…. Joseph LYCETT.
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…

Views in Australia…
Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Diemen's Land Delineated, in Fifty Views, with descriptive Letter Press…

London: J. Souter, 1825.

Oblong folio, a tall copy with the pictorial lithographed title untrimmed, 48 coloured aquatint views after drawings by Joseph Lycett, the colouring generally very bright and of notably high quality, two engraved maps (one folding), with descriptive letterpress text, later neat owner's signature; an excellent copy in a very attractive Rivière binding of full tan polished calf gilt, in a matching full fine calf leather case, ornately gilt.

By Governor Macquarie's artist

First edition of the great Australian plate book, one of the earliest and most important collections of antipodean landscapes.

First edition of the great Australian plate book, one of the earliest and most important collections of antipodean landscapes.

This was a landmark in the development of Australian illustrated books: Lycett's charming, highly-coloured views of New South Wales and Tasmania are justly famous today and the book as a whole provides a remarkable visual record of Macquarie's Australia. Memorably described as 'an enticing book' by the late Edmund Capon in an ABC documentary on the "Art of Australia", Capon commented that 'when these pictures were first seen in Britain, it was something of a revelation, a little bit like receiving postcards from another planet.'

Not only does the book offer an historical snapshot of New South Wales and Tasmania in the early decades of settlement, but especially from the point of view of colonial architecture, it is a collection of remarkable importance. Lycett's incomparable plates record some of the colony's most important houses and country seats, and provide an invaluable contextual record of many lesser-known buildings and indeed building types.

Lycett had arrived in New South Wales as a convicted forger in 1814. Trained as a portrait and miniature painter in Staffordshire, his services as a professional artist were much in demand and he was soon working for the publisher Absalom West. He was appointed artist to Major-General Macquarie, the governor of New South Wales. Impressed with Lycett's talents, Macquarie sent three of his drawings to Earl Bathurst, Secretary of the Colonies (the dedicatee of the Views) who, it is supposed in payment, granted a pardon to the artist.

Little is known of Lycett himself after the publication of the Views, which - with Wallis' Historical Account - marks the end of an era in the publication of Australian illustrated books: the illustrated books to follow would be on a rather less grand scale. In the advertisement to the book Lycett announced his plan to publish a matching 'Natural History of Australia', but no such work ever appeared. In 1825 Lycett was in his early fifties and still, no doubt the incurable alcoholic Commissioner Bigge reported him to be a few years before.

This is a finely bound and beautiful copy of the most important colour plate landscape book published on colonial Australia.

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Provenance: R. Lionel Foster, Folkestone, inscription.

Ferguson, 1031; Wantrup, 218b.

Condition Report: Three plates with mild ageing; marbled endpapers strengthened at inner hinges.

Price (AUD): $75,000.00

US$54,374.77   Other currencies

Ref: #4504397

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