WHITE, John (c.1540 - c.1593). - Paul HULTON and David Beers QUINN.
The American Drawings of John White 1577-1590 with drawings of European and oriental subjects ... [vol.I:] A catalogue raisonné and a study of the artist [vol II: Reproductions of the originals in colour facsimile and of derivatives in monochrome].
London and Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Trustees of the British Museum and University of North Carolina Press, 1964. 2 volumes, folio. (15 x 11 inches). Titles in red and black, half-titles. Coloured collotype frontispiece to vol.I and 3 uncoloured illustrations, vol.II with 76 coloured collotype plates, finished by hand using the pochoir process (4 double-page), 84 pp. of illustrations (numbered from 77 to 160, recto and verso of 42 leaves), colophon leaf at the rear of vol.II.
Original red cloth, covers bordered in blind, the upper covers blocked in gilt with the arms of John White, top edge gilt, the two volumes contained within a single original black cloth slipcase.
The definitive work on John White's drawings of North America: a fine copy of this superb production.
A limited edition of 600 copies, this set numbered "U.S.A. 275". The production values of this work are first class and exemplify 20th-century Old World printing at its best: the text was printed in Great Britain at the Cambridge University Press, the coloured plates printed in Paris by the Imprimerie Duval and coloured by pochoir the Ateliers of M. Beamfumé, the black and white illustrations were printed in Amsterdam by L. van Leer and Co. John White, who was one of the officers in charge of the first British settlement in North America, was a talented artist and acute observer of the inhabitants of the New World. His drawings and the engravings that were produced from them constitute the finest representations of aboriginal life in North America prior to the 19th century. As this work demonstrates, White also drew numerous American animals and plants which are included here, together with his images of European and Asian subjects.