London: Printed for Geo. B. Whitaker, 1826. Item #04517
Twenty Fine Hand Colored Aquatint Plates
Depicting the Portuguese Way of Life in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro
[ANONYMOUS]. Sketches of Portuguese Life, Manners, Costume, and Character. Illustrated by twenty coloured plates. By A.P.D.G. London: Printed for Geo. B. Whitaker, 1826.
First edition. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches; 213 x 137 mm.). [iii]-xxv, [i, blank], [i, list of plates], [i, blank], 364 pp. Bound without the half-title.
Twenty hand-colored aquatint plates and one engraved plate of music. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman / 1825".
Contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, covers decoratively paneled in gilt and blind, smooth spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, brown liners and end-leaves. Later first and last blank leaves.
Some very minor offsetting from the text but still a fine copy.
The fine hand-colored plates depict the Portuguese way of life in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro and were all drawn by the author himself "with the exception of the three which treat of military and civil executions. Those were given to the author by a gentleman who had received them as a present from a British officer, an eye witness to the facts of which they are descriptive" (Introduction, p. xi).
The single leaf of music and words are for a "modinha," (traditional regional song) entitled "Cruel saudade," by Manuel José Vidigal.
"The text that accompanies [the plates] gives a vivid and easily written account of the state of society in Portugal at that time; the author was in the Portuguese Civil Service for many years, and the subjects of the plates are, he says, nearly all scenes of which he was himself an eye-witness." (Prideaux, p. 320).
Abbey, Travel I, 141; Colas, 2750; Martin Hardie, p. 145; Prideuax, p. 319; Tooley, 453.