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A Voyage Round The World, Including Travels In Africa, Asia, Australasia, America, Etc. Etc. From MDCCCXXVII to MDCCCXXXII. By James Holman, R.N. F.R.S. Etc. Etc. - [Epigraph] - Vol. I. (- IV.)

James Baptiste Holman

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Smith, Elder, And Co., Cornhill, Booksellers, By Appointment, To Their Majesties. -, 1834. (-1835.)

Physical Description

4 vols.; 224 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [6], x, [2], 491, [1], 8 p., frontis., [5] pl. (one dble.) (The first two unnumbered pages are found only in copies issued after the publication of all four volumes, for they carry the publishers' advertisement for the 'recently published' vols. 2-4, of which vols. 3, 4 were not published until 1835.) - Vol. II: [2], xiv, 492 p., frontis., [4] pl. (one dble.) - Vol. III: xv, [1], 473 p., frontis., [5] pl. - Vol. IV: viii, 519, [1], 27, [1] p., frontis., [5] pl. (one dble.)


Vol. I: [Publishers' advertisement, half-title, frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - [Dedic.] - Contents Of Vol. I - List Of The Embellishments - [Text, and plates]; [colophon] - [Publishers' advertisement]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - Impromptu, By A Lady ... [verses] - List Of The Embellishments - Contents Of Vol. II - [Text, and pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - List Of The Embellishments - Contents Of Vol. III - [Text, and pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. IV: [Frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - List Of The Embellishments - Contents To Vol. IV - [Text, and pl.]; [colophon] - [Publishers' advertisement]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The portrait of Holman is signed as drawn by Wageman and engraved by E. Finden.

Most other plates are signed by draughtsman and lithographer. Draughtsmen were J.M.C. Airey, Jas. Barber, J.M. Gatler, J.D. Agassiz, L. Haghe, W.I. Huggins, T. Daniel, J.G. Galler, Capt. Forbes and 'A Chinese artist'. Lithographers were L. Haghe or C. Haghe. Most plates carry the imprint of the lithographic printers, Day & Haghe, and the imprint of the publisher, Smith, Elder and Co. In some cases the plate is said to be printed from zinc rather than stone.

The printer is named in the colophons: 'G. Norman, Printer, 29, Maiden-Lane, Covent Garden.'

The work is dedicated by James Holman to the Queen [Adelaide].

Summary Note

The author had been invalided out of the Royal Navy of Great Britain in 1810 and had become completely blind shortly afterwards. Nevertheless he undertook several journeys. Before the present publication he had brought out 'A Narrative Of A Journey ... Through France, Italy ...', and 'Travels Through Russia, Siberia ...'.

The present four volumes carry the publication-dates of 1834 (vols. 1, 2) or 1835 (vols. 3, 4). The first describes Holman's journey through Madeira, the Canaries, west Africa and Brazil; the second, through Brazil, South Africa, Mauritius and Madagascar; the third, through Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and India; the fourth, through Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand, Cape Horn and the return to Britain.

The plates show: (Vol. I) portrait of Holman, views of Tenerife, Fernando Po, Ascension; (v. 2) views of Brazil and South Africa; (v.3) views of Zanzibar, Mauritius and Sri Lanka; (v.4) views and one map of Guangdong and the China Seas.


Presented by the author in 1847 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, X, 146).

Binding Note

19th-century green watered-cloth-covered boards; spines lettered 'Holman's Voyages & Travels'.

Name as Subject


British - Travelers, British - Sailors, British - Journeys - Travel - Blind (people) - Voyages and travels - Ocean travel - Voyages around the world - History - 19th century
Drawings - Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Travel literature - Memoirs - Biography - Publishers' advertisements - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Zincographs - Great Britain - 19th century


Adelaide Queen, consort of William IV, King of Great Britain, dedicatee
Thomas Wageman, source artist
Edward Francis Finden, engraver
J. M. C. Airey R.N., draughtsman
James Barber R.N., draughtsman
J. M. Gatler R.N., draughtsman
J. D. Agassiz R.N., draughtsman
Louis Haghe, draughtsman
William John Huggins, draughtsman
T. Daniel, draughtsman
J. G. Galler, draughtsman
Capt. Forbes, draughtsman
George Norman, printer
James Baptiste Holman, previous owner, donor
Smith, Elder and Company (London), publisher
Day and Haghe (London), lithographic printer