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Burma Painted and Described


Robert Talbot Kelly.


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London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. First edition. Octavo (22.5 x 16cm), pp.xvi, 261, map, [6] Advertisements, 75 illustrations with captioned tissue guards engraved and printed by G. W. Jones Ltd. Red boards, top board and spine blocked with elaborate peacock design in gilt and green, top edge gilt.

Corners bumped, head and foot of spine are fragile and frayed, back board scuffed, joints worn and lightly abraded with a 2cm separation towards the foot of the front joint, frontispiece appears at some point to have been expertly reattached, irregularly foxed but plates are clean. Gilt design on top board remains bright but the spine is a little dull.

Robert Talbot Kelly (1861-1934) was was an English orientalist landscape and genre painter, author and illustrator and son of Irish landscape artist Robert George Kelly. His first illustrated travel book, published in 1902 by A. and C. Black was Egypt Painted and Described. It was followed by Burma Painted and Described (1905) and Burma (1909). Kelly is considered to have had a significant impact on the early 20th century development of Burmese painting where his books and postcard reproductions of his Burmese paintings were widely available.