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Indian Microcosm

Author: Gantz, J.
Year: 1827
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Madras; J. Gantz & Son
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Later half morocco over contemporary, marbled paper covered boards with a centered morocco title label, oblong 4to. The leather along the spine and the corners gilt ruled. The whole rubbed and scuffed.
The spine divided by five double gilt rulers in six compartments with extra double gilt rulers at the tail of the spine.

The size of the binding is 27.2 x 37.6 cm (10.7 x 14.8 in), that of sheets on which the lithographs have been mounted is 23.3 x 30.2 cm (9.2 x 11.9 in), while the size of the tipped on letterpress is 25.7 x 19.8 cm (10.1 x 7.8 in).

As in the Abbey copy, the plates have been mounted on paper within ink-ruled frames. These mounts then again have been mounted on paper a fraction smaller than the size of the binding. Because of this process, the letterpress could be tipped on the paper in the way as is the case with the copy in the India Office Library (BL); i.e. in an upright position (see picture #5 here below).

The whole work was published in parts and is complete with twenty plates. This copy contains only the last eight plates; the nrs. 13 through 16 with descriptive letterpress and the nrs. 17 through 20 without. Loosely inserted is the title page for the 3rd part of this work, which reads:
"Descriptive Letter Press to the Indian Microcosm by J. Gantz & Son. Madras."
This title page is chipped at the edges. A general title page for the complete work was never issued.

The plates, which have been coloured by hand, are in a fine condition with vibrant colours. 

The titles for the eight plates present are:

13 – The Basket Makers
14 – The Musicians
15 – The Corn Grinders
16 – The Butchers
17 – The Black-smith
18 – The Carpenters
19 – Bazars
20 – The Water Women

Very rare. WorldCat reveals only 2 copies; the BL copy mentioned above and the Abbey copy in the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University.

Abbey Travel 445.

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