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KELLY, R. Talbot (illustrator and author). Burma.

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KELLY, R. Talbot (illustrator and author). Burma. London, A. & C. Black, 1905.

Large 8vo. Original burgundy cloth, decoratively and extravagantly blocked in red, pale blue, and gilt to spine and upper board, top edges gilt; pp. xiv, [2], 260, [2], [6, advertisements], with folding map on onion skin paper in red and black at rear, with a total of 75 coloured plates after Talbot Kelly after captioned tissue-guards; a very good and attractive copy with some lightening to spine, internally fresh and clean with a gift inscription to front free endpaper.
Kelly was a traveller and illustrator who was actually well versed in Arabic. When travelling in Burma he left a lasting impact on major Burmese artists whom he taught, notably M.T. Hla (U Tun Hla) (1874–1946), Maung Maung Gyi (1890–1942) and Ba Ohn (c.1877-fl.1924). Kelly travelled in a leisurely fashion across the country from Dedaye and Rangoon up north to Mandalay, and then further to Katha, Bhamo, and Lashio, observing the landscape, local society, rural settlements, and cities, and illustrating his travelogue with superior watercolours.
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