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Forty Etchings, From Sketches Made With The Camera Lucida, In North America, In 1827 And 1828. By Captain Basil Hall, R.N. Fourth Edition. -

Captain Basil Hall

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Cadell & Co.,, Edinburgh;: Simpkin & Marshall, And Moon, Boys, & Graves,, London. -: 1830.

Physical Description

[2], ii, [42] p., frontis. (fold. map), 40 [i.e. 20] pl.; 314 mm.

General Note

The prints numbered I-XL are printed two per leaf. Each is preceded by a leaf carrying explanatory letter-press text on its verso only.


[Frontis. (map), t.p.] - Memorandum (1829) - List Of The Etchings - [Plates and texts].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece (folding map) is signed as engraved by W.H. Lizars. Each leaf carrying the prints numbered I-XL is signed as drawn by B. Hall and engraved by W.H. Lizars.

Summary Note

Captain Hall is best known for his lively accounts of his travels, which took him to the Americas and Korea. In the 'Memorandum' he writes enthusiastically about the use of the camera lucida, which had been patented by W.H. Wollaston in 1807.

The folding map is hand-coloured.


Presented by the author (acknowledged 20 January 1835, RA Council Minutes, VIII, 119).

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, brown moiré cloth-covered boards, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Hall's Camera Lucida Sketches'.

Name as Subject


People - Americans - Canadians - Britons - Social life and customs - Landscapes (environments) - United States of America - Canada - History - 19th century
Drawings - Camera lucidas - Landscapes (representations) - 19th century
Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Captain Basil Hall, source artist, draughtsman, previous owner, donor
William Home Lizars, engraver
Cadell and Company (Edinburgh), publisher
Simpkin and Marshall (London), publisher
Moon, Boys and Graves, publisher