Foreign Topography & Views

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Including views of and by: , Brussels, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II of Sumatra, Gibraltar,     Hollar's Ruins of RomeNiagara FallsMerian Fireworks, Munster's view of Bordeaux and Map of Libya, North Africa, Petit's watercolours of European cities,   Sutherland's views of the RhineVaticanFrench Vauxhall, &c. 



Armand Apol


(Brussels, c. 1930). Etching, printed on three sheets,  760x1750mm. Slight overall browning to right sheet. Price: £3500

An enormous, detailed, panoramic view of Brussels, Belgium, looking to the north west across the city. On the right, in the middle distance is the Parc, with the Cathedral and Grand Place in the centre, with the monstrous Palais de Justice on the left. And a tumble of ancient tenements in the foreground. The Belgian artist Armand Apol (1879-1950), specialised in landscape and marine views. 


Sumatra.JPG (37785 bytes)Anon.

Het Haar Boord brengen, van den Sultan Machmoed Badaroedin vaar L. M. Schooner de Johanna op de Riviere Sousang in der Oost-Indien op den 27 Juny 1821 …… der Palembangsche Expeditie &c. 

(The Hague ?) 1822. Aquatint. 245x310mm. Trimmed to image, laid onto card, slight overall browning.

Price: £140

A rare, naïve, popular print, on an unusual subject. A view of the expeditionary force, including the British ships Johanna and Calypso, taking part in the punitive expedition against Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II of Sumatra, for his recent massacre of Dutch traders. The view shows boats crowded with marines and sailors rowing towards the city of Palembang.


Gibraltar 1.JPG (39266 bytes)John Emes after James Jefferys.

Gibraltar. September the 14th 1782. 

London,  J. Emes & E. Woollett; Maidstone, W. Jefferys Oct 7th 1789. Copper engraving, open letter proof. 500x690mm. Misc neatly repaired marginal damage and time staining, minor paint splatter affecting engraved surface, laid onto light backing paper.

Price: £300

A very rare, large dramatic plate, showing the naval force under Sir Roger Curtis, who had continually tried to break the Spanish blockade of Gibraltar, during the Great Siege, to bring food to the beleaguered garrison, destroying the formidable floating batteries on September 13th 1782. One month later the Siege of Gibraltar was finally broken by a relieving force under Lord Howe. This plate shows the British flotilla of small boats, having rowed stealthily amongst the moored battery, taking the Spaniards by surprise. The view shows the boats, each with a large cannon in the prow, rowing furiously towards the blazing Spanish ships, while seamen swim helplessly amongst floating baulks of timber, as their comrades try to pull them from the water. The Spanish had begun the blockading of the land and sea access routes in 1779 and by the time the siege was lifted, the wretched garrison and inhabitants had been reduced to eating weeds scavenged from the Rock and consuming their cats and dogs. George Augustus Eliott first Baron Heathfield (1717-90), had been appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1775 and it was soley due to his excellent design of  the defences and his dogged refusal to surrender that the garrison was able to hold out.  


Georg Friedrich Gmelin after Johann Jakob Schalch.

Vue de la Chute du Rhin a Lauffen, pres de Schaffhouse en Suisse. 

Basle, 1783. Stipple engraving with etching, title written in ink in a contemporary hand. 380x520mm. Trimmed to border, repair to top right corner.

Price: £180

A large, dramatic view of the waterfall on the Rhine at Schaffhausen in Switzerland, on the German / Swiss border.  This dramatic view shows the Rhine, plunging through forested rocks, with tourists admiring the view from the banks of the River, and the town of Schaffhausen on the steep cliffs above the waterfall. 


Hollar Rome 1.JPG (33230 bytes)  Hollar rome 2.JPG (33265 bytes)  Hollar Rome 3.JPG (33197 bytes)  Hollar Rome 4.JPG (41399 bytes)  Hollar Rome 5.JPG (36964 bytes)

Wencelaus Hollar.

Ruinæ aliquot sive Antiquitatus Romanæ Vestigia… 

(Antwerp, c. 1649). Etchings by Sebastian Vranck (Francken). 75x100mm. Set of five plates including title page

Price: £350

Five small, delicately executed views of the ruins of Rome. 

 Title page

Amphiteatri Romani.

Ruine de Ste. Croy de Jerusalem.

Thermaru Diocletianus Ruine (plate 1).

Thermaru Diocletianus Ruine (plate 2). 


Niagara Falls.JPG (12127 bytes)Frederick Christian Lewis the Elder after Capt. James Graham.

(Panoramic View of Niagara Falls). 

London, c. 1840. Etching. 340x1080mm. Traces of old creases, slight dust staining, misc neat marginal repairs.

Price: £250

A delicately etched, early, panoramic view of the Niagara Falls, North America, with the Horseshoe Falls (height 155 feet) on the right and the American Falls (height 62 feet) on the left. In the right foreground is a log cabin and trippers admiring the view from their carriages.


Alain Manesson Mallet


(Frankfurt, J. D. Zunner 1685-6)

Copper engraving



From the second, German edition of Mallet’s Description des Univers &c. first published in Paris in 1683. A small, early, naively executed map of Anatolia, Turkey, with a decorative cartouche of mounted turks and trophies of arms. The map covers the whole Anatolian peninsula, from the Black Sea in the north to Cyprus in the south, and from Trebizond in the east to Europe in the west.


Fireworks Nuremburg 1650.JPG (141950 bytes)Matthaus Merian the Younger. 

Abritz des Kayserlichen Feuer wercks Schlosses: und Barraquen, worinen das Fried und freudenmahl gehalten worde, vor Nurnberg auff et Joh. Schutzplatz Ao. 1650.

(Frankfort, 1652). Copper engraving. 270x370mm.

Price: £225

A spectacular view of the splendid fireworks display, held at the Royal Palace and barracks at Nuremburg in August 1650. The view shows the fireworks ascending from the palace roof and grounds on the right, with the strange conical roofed barracks on the left.  


Sebastian Munster after Claudius Ptolemy.

Bordeaux S.JPG (51354 bytes)


Basle, 1579 - c. 1628. Woodcut, with text in German. 290x320mm.

Price: £350

A fine early city map of Bordeaux, France, enclosed within a fine scrolled border. The view shows the city from the River Garonne, within its defensive walls, looking northwards towards the Castle. An interesting, rare, early city map, from a later German edition of Munster's Cosmographia one of the most influential geographical works of the 16th Century. 


Sebastian Munster after Claudius Ptolemy

Libyae Interioris Pars.  

(Basle, 1540-52). Woodcut. 320x460mm. Neat repairs to centrefold.

Price: £280

A fine strong impression. A rare early map of Egypt and Libya, covering the area from Benghazi and the Gulf of Sidra in the west, to Sinai in the east, and including the course of the Nile. A good example from this popular series of wood-cut maps first published in Sebastian Munster’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia.


Allevard.JPG (47821 bytes)Denis Née after ? Ballin.

Vue de Site d'Allevard. 

Paris, 1782. Copper engraving. 360x550mm. Very faint spotting in title area.

Price: £180

A fine, detailed, panoramic view of the Chateau d'Allevard in the Rhone Alps, home of the Comte de Barral. This view shows the Chateau and its gardens, formally laid out with fountains, waterworks, flowerbeds and allées, taken from across the fast flowing river. With the mountains in the background.



Basle Rev Pettit.JPG (42493 bytes)  Rev. John Louis Petit. 

(Watercolour views of Continental cities). 

Watercolours, 1854-65. 275x375mm

Delicate watercolour sketches, executed mostly in light sepia tones, of views executed during Petit’s frequent travels all over Europe. John Louis Petit (1801-68) was educated at Eton and then elected to a scholarship at Trinity College. He took Holy Orders in 1824 - hence Rev. John Louis Petit - but did not perform any parochial work. A keen amateur artist with an interest in church architecture, he early showed a talent for detailed and correct drawing and sketching.  He died in Lichfield on 2nd December 1868 - from a cold caught while sketching ! He is buried in St. Michael’s, Lichfield.

Basle, July 24th 1865. Price: £140


Richard Phillips

Elbequier Place in Cairo during the Inundation of the Nile.

London, Longman & Rees, and Richard Phillips c. 1814



Traces of old folds


An interesting, log view of Cairo by night, during the Nile flood. The view shows a flooded Azbakiya (Elbequier) Square, surrounded by houses and minarets, with the tops of trees and monuments showing above the waters, and boats floating in the moonlight.



De la Celle Chateau.JPG (40911 bytes)Roussel fils after Jacqus André Portail.

Vue perspective du Chateau de la Celle du côté du jardin.  

Paris, c. 1746. Copper engraving. 290x505mm. Slight marginal dust staining.

Price: £140

A detailed view of the extensive gardens of the Chateau de la Celle, Touraine. This view show the formally laid out beds, the curving topiary screen, central fountain and garden front of the chateau. In the foreground are chatting peasants, and a hunting party of young men lounging under a tree.



Rhine Views Oberwesel.JPG (25470 bytes)  Rhine Views Furstenberg.JPG (23490 bytes)  Rhine Views The Mice Tower.JPG (29910 bytes)  Rhine Views Bodesberg.JPG (28272 bytes)  Rhine Views Church of Johannes.JPG (29976 bytes)

T. Sutherland after Christian Georg Schutz.

A Picturesque Tour along the Rhine from Mentz to Cologne. 

London, R. Ackermann 1819-20. Aquatints. Original hand-colouring. 250x300mm. Slight time and damp staining

Picturesque views along the river Rhine, from an account of the travels of the author and diplomat Baron Johann Isaak von Gerning (1767-1837). 

 Biebrich. Summer Residence of the Duke of Nassau.Price: £85. A view of the vast baroque palace, from across the River.

 The Town of Bingen. Price: £100. A view from the Cathedral, looking down towards the River. 

 Bodesberg and the Seven Hills. £85. A view of the island in the Rhine, with each hill crowned by a castle. 

 Boppard.Price: £85. A view of the picturesque town, with shipping in the foreground. 

 Bornhofen. Price: £85. A view of the town, perched on the steep crags above the River. 

 The Castles of Drachenfels and Rolandseck. Price: £100. One of the most famous views of the Rhine, eulogized by Byron. The view shows the Rolandseck Castle on its island in the Rhine, with Drachenfels perched dramatically on its crag above. 

 The Castle of Furstenberg. Price: £85. The romantic castle, situated high above the town, on the cliffs above the Rhine. 

 The Johannesberg. Price: £100. The town with its picturesque church spires, with a crane unloading Rhine barges in the foreground. 

 The Castle of Johannes, at the influx of the Lahn. Price: £85. The baroque castle, opposite wooded crags.

 Liebenstein. Price: £85. The castle ruin, situated on a mountain ridge above the town of Liebenstein, near Arnstadt. 

 Mentz, from the influx of the Maine into the Rhine. Price: £85. The town, seen from across the River. 

 The Mice Tower. Price: £85. A view of the isolated tower near Bingen. According to legend, the Archbishop of Mainz met his death here in a memorable way. The Archbishop who was known for his hard- heartedness towards the poor had begun to hoard grain, thereby plunging the people into famine. Ironically, he received his just punishment in the form of a plague of mice. The hungry animals not only destroyed his grain, but they also followed him personally. He fled to the Mice Tower in fear, but the mice followed and ate him.

 The Town of Oberwesel. Price: £85. The picturesque fortified town, with its immense defensive tower.

 Salmon Fishery at Lurley. Price: £85. Fishing boats and their nets at Loreley.

 St. Goarshausen, St. Goar and Rheinfels. Price: £85. A view of the town, monastery and castle on either side of the Rhine. 


Rome Vatican Garden colour.JPG (59993 bytes)After Giuseppe Vasi.

Jardins du Vatican. 

(Rome, c. 1750). Copper engraving. Original hand-colouring, with grey gouache border. 220x330mm. Title written in pen and ink in a contemporary hand, as issued.

Price: £150

A fine, detailed brightly coloured view of the Vatican gardens and the Casino and Pavilion of Pope Leo XIII. The garden is laid out with trees in pots, box hedging, statuary and a pool, with strollers (including an embassy from Turkey) admiring the grounds.


Petit Vaux Hall.JPG (308519 bytes)Pierre Alexandre Wille. 

Petit Waux-Hall. 

Paris, L’Autour 1780 – c. 1810. Copper engraving. 460x600mm. Trimmed within platemark.

Price: £450

A fine, rare, humorous engraving, showing visitors at the French Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, near Paris. In the centre a pretty, elaborately dressed young woman, wearing a flounced, panniered dress, lowcut overdress and enormous, domed hat trimmed with feathers, is being ogled by a young buck and his elderly, leering friend. Meanwhile her chaperone has been distracted by an elderly, unfashionably dressed man with whom she is shaking hands. In the background are high hedges and a crowd of smartly dressed revellers. London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on the south bank of the Thames opened just before the Restoration in 1660, and during the height of their popularity during the latter half of the eighteenth century, spawned many copies notably in Paris and St. Petersburg. Until the opening of Westminster Bridge in 1750 the gardens could only be reached by crossing the Thames by boat. Under the management of Jonathan Tyers between 1728-67, the gardens became one of London’s most popular resorts. Tyers added supper boxes, ruins, arches, pavilions, intimate wooded walks and a Gothick orchestra which could accomodate fifty musicians. In 1840 the owners went bankrupt and after  many revivals the site was finally built over in 1859.


Graham Winch

Port Elizabeth and Algoa Bay in 1886.


Published Capetown, W. A. Richards & Sons 1886)

Chromolithograph by Saul Solomon & Co.


Traces of old folds, slight browning


A panoramic view of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, situated on the coast between Cape Town and Durban. The view includes the beaches and long quays stretching out into the Bay. Algoa Bay was discovered by Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, and the town established by the British as a naval provisioning depot at the end of the eighteenth century. In 1820 the colony was named by the Governor Sir Rufane Donkine after his wife Elizabeth, who had died in India two years earlier, aged only 28. He subsequently raised a memorial to her memory.



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