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Wookey Hole Mill) Anon. 18th century.

Published by Broadside, 45 X 28cm, n.p., n.d.

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About this Item: Broadside, 45 X 28cm, n.p., n.d. Set in Garamond and printed in black upon a sheet of Wookey Hole handmade paper. A fine copy. Seller Inventory # 11672

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Anon.

Published by Moritz Ruhl, Leipzig (1920)

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About this Item: Moritz Ruhl, Leipzig, 1920. Cloth with pictorial label. Condition: Very Good. 18 Tafeln in lithographischem Farbendruck (illustrator). First Edition. 56 pages plus ads. Illustrations on color fold-out at rear of book. Seller Inventory # 005161

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Anon.

Published by L'Union De Banques Suisses., Switzerland. (1925)

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About this Item: L'Union De Banques Suisses., Switzerland., 1925. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 18 full page sepia photographs + double page panorama of Locarno. (illustrator). 1st Edition. Very good in original colourful printed pictorial card wrappers. corners very slightly creased and rubbed. Top of spine very slightly rubbed. Oblong octavo format. Scarce. Seller Inventory # 001049

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Anon.

Published by No Publisher., No published place. (1940)

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About this Item: No Publisher., No published place., 1940. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 18 full page photographs of the hall. The last two being of bomb damage to the hall. (illustrator). 1st Edition. First edition, c. 1939-40. The photograph album has 18 full page photographs of the exterior & interior, the last two being of bomb damage to the building. It has some loose ephemera inserted in the front :- plan of the tables at the dinner of 19th October, 1938 and two coloured menus, one of the dinner, 1938 and another dinner of 1961. The interior is very clean and bright. The exterior is rather marked and dusty with a label which is slightly chipped, else in very good solid condition. A rare item. Seller Inventory # 002011

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Anon. Paris: J. Chereau, [circa 1765]. Copper engraving with full original colour (Very Good, some small tears and toning in margins, printer’s crease in upper left corner, some old tack marks to corners, excellent original colour), 30.5 x 46 cm (12 x 18 inches).

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About this Item: This attractive, separately issued view captures Bombay Fort from the waters of the harbour, being a westward-oriented perspective. The Fort, located near the southern tip of Bombay Island, was then the centre of operations of the British East India Company (EIC) in Western India. Along the shore on the right, is the complex of Bombay Castle, rebuilt in 1715; near the centre is the Royal Custom House; while in the centre background is St. Thomas Church, completed in 1718. Many ships ply the harbour, which was the busiest in India. From the naked eye, some of the aspects of the view appear to be out of perspective. This is intentional, as the work is a vue d’optique, intended to be viewed with the help of a camera obscura, so rationalizing the perspective. Overall, however, the view has a great deal of verisimilitude to reality. Historical Background The Portuguese acquired the islands of Bombay from the Sultan of Gujarat pursuant to the Treaty of Bassein (1534). Called ‘Bombaim,’ it was overshadowed by nearby Goa, although the Portuguese recognized the importance of Bombay’s excellent natural harbour. Several Franciscan and Jesuit institutions were established and the city was protected by the Bombay Castle (also called the Casa da Orta), the Castelo da Aguada and the Madh Fort. In 1661, the Island of Bombay (actually comprised of the ‘Seven Islands of Bombay’) was given to England as part of the dowry for the Portuguese Infanta Catherine of Braganza’s marriage to Charles II. In 1668, Bombay was leased to the East India Company. The colony thrived under the leadership of Gerald Aungier, who served as the Governor of Bombay from 1669 to 1672. Then as now, people of various backgrounds from all across India were attracted to Bombay by its vibrant business climate and during Aungier’s tenure the city’s population exploded from 10,000 to 80,000. Bombay quickly became the primary British base on the west coast of India, a role formalized in 1687 when it replaced Surat as the regional headquarters of the EIC, subsequently becoming the seat of one of the Company’s three presidencies. During Child’s War (1686-90), whereupon the EIC mounted an exceedingly ill-advised challenge to Aurangzeb’s Mughal Empire, Bombay found itself in grave danger. In 1689- 90 the Mughal Siddi Admiral Yakut Khan besieged and captured the city. This compelled the EIC to sue for peace, and Aurangzeb agreed to forgive the Company in exchange for a prostrate apology and a large indemnity. During the 18th Century Bombay Castle was transformed into the impressive Bombay Fort complex, aspects of which survive to this day. Under the guidance of the Wadia family, Bombay became a major shipbuilding centre and beginning around the time that this view was made, Bombay did a booming trade in cotton with China. The city was also a major export portal for textiles, precious gems, pepper, tea, porcelain and spices; while in return it received British wool, bullion and manufactured products. The present view was published by J. Chereau in Paris around 1765, and features a Spanish title that incorrectly identifies Bombay as being "in Africa". While the circumstances of its production are unclear, it was likely made for the Spanish market, with which French publishers maintained close ties. It was then common for various editions of vue d’optiques to have titles printed in different languages. It seems to be the second state of the view, the first, also printed by Chereau, features a French title, Vue d'Optique Bombay sur la Côte de Malabar, and was issued around 1760. A third state, bearing the Spanish title, was printed in Paris by Daumont around 1770. All large, separately issued 18th Century views of Mumbai are scarce, and the present view is especially attractive. Seller Inventory # 62865

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