Below the Cataracts.London: William Heinemann, 1907 Stock Code: 141259
First and limited edition, number 62 of 150 copies signed by the artist. This is a lavishly produced and attractively illustrated work by one of the most popular and influential topographical watercolourists of the period, who holds a prominent place in the British school of orientalists; his work is known widely through the A. & C. Black series of 20 shilling colour books. Walter Tyndale (1855-1943) studied at the Antwerp Academy (he was born in Belgium) and the Atelier Bonnat in Paris. He was widely travelled and published books on the Lebanon and Syria, Jerusalem and Sicily, among many others. His work here covers not just the splendour of ancient Egypt but shows a keen eye for everyday street scenes. See Gerald M. Ackerman, Les orientalistes de l'école britannique (1996), pp. 283-90.
Quarto. Original cream-coloured buckram, gilt-lettered spine and front cover, the latter decorated with a gilt stamp of Horus in flight with shen ring, below a row of 15 stars, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
60 colour plates by Tyndale (with captioned tissue guards) mounted on brown paper sheets; title page printed in sanguine and black.
Flamboyant contemporary presentation inscription to front free endpaper. Spine toned and bumped at head, binding a little soiled and marked, small area of worming to front pastedown and free endpaper. A good copy, clean and sound.
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