Important Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Ceramics

Live Auction, 8 October 2009

Part II - Paintings, Watercolours, Prints and Sculpture

Sold for

ZAR 278 500
Lot 245
  • Samuel Daniell (1775-1811); African Scenery and Animals, 2 Volumes

Lot Estimate
ZAR 250 000 - 350 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 278 500

About this Item

Samuel Daniell (1775-1811)
African Scenery and Animals, 2 Volumes

2 uncoloured engraved pictorial titles with dedications to Lieut. General Francis Dundas and David Davies, 30 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates printed on thick paper, with accompanying text printed in 3 columns, all mounted on guards, large folio, 60 by 46,5cm, half dark brown morocco and paperboards, some rubbing and few nicks on morocco binding, paperboards rubbed, a few marginal marks but plates in good condition, armorial bookplate John Gaspard Gubbins, 1st Edition, (London, 1804-1805).


Sold: Volks Auctioneers, Pretoria,  24 February, 1999, Estate Late Mrs Elizabeth Rose (neé Gubbins), lot 30

In Mendelssohn's opinion this is 'The scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African Illustrations'.  Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape on 9 December 1799.   He was appointed by Lieutenant-General Dundas, who became his patron there, and to whom the first part is dedicated, to act as secretary to a mission to the 'Booshuanas'.   The expedition eventually reached Lattakoo, at that time the limit of European exploration, and was the source for Daniell of the drawings for the plates.

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