London. Thos. McLean. Ca. 1818.
Aquatint engraving, handcolored, sheet size 14 x 10 inches. Indentation at upper edge of sheet from vintage paperclip and two small (1/2 inch) squares of adhesive residue at upper corners on verso - neither affecting the image area in any way; soft diagonal crease across lower corner. Good condition, clean and bright. An attractive print together with a separate sheet of descriptive text in English. An exquisitely engraved and handcolored image, plate number V from "The Military Costume of Turkey." This work was first published in 1818; Abbey in his reference work "Travel in Aquatint and Lithography" (entry #373) notes the existence of a later edition of that era. The descriptive text gives an extensive history of the formation of this body of soldiers. A richly colored image of a single soldier in colorful costume with weapons (sword and shotgun); the background landscape view shows other soldiers on a bluff. Item #50561