GUILDING, The Rev. Lansdown (1797-1831, artist)
A series of three views of the Botanic Garden on the island of St. Vincent, West Indies
[Glasgow: printed for R.Griffin & Company, 1825]. Set of three uncoloured lithographs, drawn on stone by J. Watson (?), from original drawings by L. Guilding, one cut to the edge of the image with loss to the artist's name, two cut to the edge of the image, all on early pink paper mounts within ink ruled borders. Sheet size: 6 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches, and smaller.
A possibly unique series of three very early lithographic proofs of views of the island of St. Vincent in the West Indies.
These fine views, after original drawings by the naturalist Lansdown Guilding, are uncoloured proofs of the three views that were published, hand-coloured, in Guilding's An Account of the Botanic Garden in the Island of St. Vincent , published in Glasgow in 1825. The fourth plate, a plan of the gardens rather than a view, was also included in the published work according to Abbey.
Only one of the present images is captioned but, according to Abbey, the images are as follows:
1. House of the Superintendent [of the Botanic Garden]
2. [View of the Botanic Garden St. Vincent. / Taken from the Superintendent's House]
3. [Botanic Garden, / from the bottom of the Central Walk]
Abbey quotes from a contemporary prospectus concerning the distribution of the work on the island, which notes that `only a few copies have been sent out for sale, but Mr. Draper will receive at the Gazette Office the names of those who are disposed to encourage the Bookseller who printed it'
BM (NH) II, p.750; Cf. Abbey Travel II, 691; not in Sabin.