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Cadore Or Titian's Country. By Josiah Gilbert, One Of The Authors Of 'The Dolomite Mountains' Etc.

Josiah Gilbert

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Titian's Country


London:: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1869.

Physical Description

xiv, 322, [2] p., frontis., 33 pl., map: 9 illus.; 266 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Plates [23, 26, 27] do not carry numbers. Plate [27] is a folding plate; and instead of being placed facing p. 186 as indicated in the List Of Illustrations has been place to face p.[1] of the text.


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - List Of Illustrations - [1 unnumbered fold. pl.] - [Text, with map and pl.]; Postscript - Index; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisement].

Responsibility Note

The plates are not signed by draughtsman or engraver; occasionally the caption gives the source as a work of Titian. The folding plate facing p.[1] is captioned as after Titian, and signed 'TL', 'WE' and 'Rota', and 'Cowell's Anastatic Press, Ipswich'. Plate [23] is signed as printed by 'Autotype', i.e. the Autotype Company (who in 1868 had acquired the patent rights of J.W. Swan's carbon print process - which became widely used in the late 19th century for book illustrations and reproduction of conventionally made photographs).

In-text illustrations are unsigned.

The printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'London: Printed By Spottiswoode And Co., New-Street Square And Parliament Street'.

The work is dedicated by 'Her Very Affectionate Husband' to 'The Dear Companion Of The Journey Of Life, As Of Each Alpine Ramble'.

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Titian's Country.' The Preface carries the date of 'May 1, 1869'; but the Postscript begins, 'An opportunity has been afforded me to record some facts gleaned during a visit to Cadore in the autumn of 1869, since the publication of this work' and carries the date of 'Dec. 1, 1869'.

The work describes the Cadore region, Italy, and the author's travels there.

The plates are views. The Preface describes them as 'drawn with a pen upon stone'; while the in-text illustrations are listed as woodcuts. Two plates are early examples of carbon-print photographs of art-works (pl. [23, 26]); one (fold. pl. [27], facing p.1.) is a facsimile of Titian's drawing of the battle of Cadore.

The last two, unnumbered pages carry an advertisement for the book, 'The Dolomite Mountains' by J. Gilbert and G.C. Churchill.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth-covered boards; upper cover with gilt-stamped landscape captioned 'Titian from the Omnia Vanitas'; spine lettered 'Cadore Or Titian's Country - Gilbert' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Painters - Italy - Cadore - Dolomite Alps - History - 16th century
British - Italy - Cadore - Dolomite Alps - Description and travel - 19th century
Travel literature - Views - Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Photographs - Carbon prints - Photomechanical prints - Great Britain - 19th century