COKE, Lieutenant Edward T. (1807- 1888). Views in North America. [London:] Printed by C. Hullmandel, 1833
Folio (15 x 11 inches). 12 lithograph views after drawings by E. T. Coke, plates printed on papier de Chine (5 6/8 x 8 inches) and laid down on heavier stock (one or two small marginal repairs). Original ochre printed paper front wrapper laid down on modern brown paper wrappers; preserved in 19th-century aubergine cloth portfolio, with modern red morocco lettering-piece on the front cover.
Provenance: a PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the original front wrapper "Mrs. Salmond with Lieutenant Coke's very respectful compliments"; Swann Galleries, Thursday, February 14th, 1980, lot 121; Sotheby's, December 16, 1992, lot 150.
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SEPARATE ISSUE, PERHAPS THE ONLY COPY KNOWN, OF THESE VIEWS, also published as illustrations to Coke's "A Subaltern's Furlough, descriptive of Scenes in Various Parts of the United States, Upper and Lower Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia during the Summer and Autumn of 1832", published simultaneously in London and New York, 1833, with a map and a facsimile of the Signers signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
Boston from Dorchester Heights
E. Crawford's Hotel and the White Mountains
Notch of the White Mountains
The Old Man of the Mountain
Bridge over the Schuylkill & Fair Mount Water Works
The Houses of Representatives
Canadian or Horse Shoe Fall from Goat Island
Canadian Fall from the Balcony of Forsyth's Hotel
Government House, Fredericton
Halifax from the road above Bedford Basin
Abraham Heights and Citadel of Quebec from Wolfe's Cove
In 1832 Coke travelled from Philadelphia to Canada via Baltimore, Washington, Mt. Vernon, New York, Hartford, Providence, Boston, Cambridge and Niagara Falls. In his book "A Subaltern's Furlough" he recounts the plays he saw, the spread of the temperance movement, and of the cholera in New York, and the furor caused there at the publication of Mrs. Trollope's Domestic Manners. He visited and described Sing Sing prison, West Point and the Shaker community at Lebanon, N.Y.
Colonel Edward Thomas Coke was born at Langton, 4th January, 1807. "When only seven years of age he joined his two elder brothers at Southwell School, thence to Risley and Repton, finishing his education at Shrewsbury, under the eminent scholar Dr. Samuel Butler, afterwards Bishop of Lichneld. In June, 1825, he was appointed to an Ensigncy in the 45th Regiment Examinations were then unknown, and commissions were granted in a manner which would astonish the competitors of the present day. The Duke of Rutland applied to the Commander-in-Chief for the commission, and an immediate answer granting one was received, without any inquiry as to education or physical power. The 45th were then in Rangoon, for the first Burmah War, where Ensign Coke joined them as soon as possible. On the evacuation by the British of the country in December, 1826, the 45th formed part of the force which, under Sir Archibald Campbell, took possession of the ceded districts on the Tenasserim coast, and formed, under trying circumstances and petty hostilities with the Burmese, the settlement of Moulmein. Up to that time the white man was a stranger in the land, and a great portion of the people thought the English were the fighting caste of India.
"In 1831 he returned to England, having been granted the medal for Ava. He proceeded in the following year to the United States, and the British Provinces in North America, and in 1833 published, under the title of "A Subaltern's Furlough," pen-and-pencil sketches taken during his travels. In the same year he was promoted to a company in the 69th Regiment, from which he retired on his marriage, in 1835, when he went to live at Brimington Hall. In 1843 he joined the old Derbyshire Militia as Major. On the death of his aunt, in 1848, he succeeded to the Trusley, Spondon, Derby, and Debdale properties, and lived at the latter until 1863, from which time until 1875 he generally resided on the Continent. Being in France in 1871, he seized the opportunity of getting into Paris during the Communist war, and witnessed some of the operations during the siege of the city by the army under Marshal MacMahon.
"He was promoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 1st Derbyshire Militia in 1853, and was embodied with the regiment during the Crimean War. On reaching his 70th year, January, 1877, he tendered the resignation of his command, and received a letter from the Secretary of State for War, expressing "his appreciation of the long and useful service rendered to the regiment," and proposing to submit to the Queen for Her Majesty's approval that he be appointed Honorary Colonel of the regiment" (Coke of Trusley: In the County of Derby, and Branches Therefrom: a Family History, 1880). Howes 547 (?this copy); not in Worldcat.