Fragment d'un voyage dans l'Inde et a Ceylon. Two volumes. Bruxelles 1883-85.
Pp. 120; iv, 152, (2). With 25 mounted albumen photographs on card board by Alexandre, of which one is a map of India and 23 are paintings by the author. Original printed wrappers bound in contemporary decorative Indian cloth, title lables on spine, rubbed, chipped at extremities. Bookplate. Presentation inscription (second vol.). First edition, limited to 100 copies. Rare diary account of a voyage to Ceylon and India by Jean-Baptiste Robie (1821-1910), a renowned Belgian painter of still lives and landscapes, mainly known for his rose paintings. Robie's voyage went via Suez and Aden to Ceylon where he stayed for a while at Colombo and Kandy. He continued to India where he spent a couple of weeks in the djungle in Uttar Pradesh. He visited Calcutta, Allahabad, Agra, Delhi and the south of India; Madura, Trichinopoly, Tanjore and Madras in Tamil Nadu. The photos depict several famous sites and temples along the route and a few of tiger and leopard hunting. No auction record of this work since 1975!
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