Mittwoch, 4. November 2015

The First and Last Voyage or the Sea Cadet

Beautful watercolour painting...

"The First and Last Voyage of the Sea Cadet: A Simple Nautical Narrative. F. E.", a verse narrative illustrated with some ninety illustrations in watercolour and wash, [c.1844]
Estimation 2000-3000, sold for £ 11'250 @ Bonhams


AUSTRALIA - NAVAL
"The First and Last Voyage of the Sea Cadet: A Simple Nautical Narrative. F. E."; a verse narrative of some 1,500 lines, opening: "With the Summer's breeze, he hastens away/ From the scenes of his childhood's happy hours..."; illustrated throughout in watercolour and wash with landscape and seascape views plus vignette studies of flora and fauna; together with a prose preface, in which the author explains how the poem was inspired by the memory of his son, and explanatory notes at the end (Note 4 suggesting a date of composition of 1844); plus a later note of provenance: "This Book Was Written by My Friend Leeut [sic] Evans/ CTJ", c.120 pages, some leaves coming loose and some thumbing, etc., but overall in attractive condition, contemporary black morocco gilt, spine torn, some scuffing, 8vo, [c.1844]

FUSSNOTE

  • The illustrations, nearly ninety in number, include three views of Sydney (the North Head, the Cove and Port Jackson, and Anchorage). They are executed in a meticulous, charmingly naïve style, with touches of gum arabic or similar added to lend extra brightness and depth.

VERKAUFSRAUM-BEKANNTMACHUNGEN

  • The title should read 'The First and last Voyage or (and not of) the Sea Cadet'.

AUSTRALIA - NAVAL "The First and Last Voyage of the Sea Cadet: A Simple Nautical Narrative. F. E.", a verse narrative illustrated with some ninety illustrations, [c.1844]

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