ANNESLEY, George, Viscount Valentia. 18511



A significant Autograph Letter Signed ‘Mountnorris’ [as the 2nd Earl of Mountnorris] discussing the proposal for a new work by Henry Salt and George Annesley to be called “Decades of Egypt”, outlining the contents of this two volume quarto work, insisting that Mr. Valpy be the Printer. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, small piece torn away at seal opening, light traces of former mounting along one edge. Arley Hall, 9 March 1821. George Annesley, 2nd Earl of Mountnorris (1770 – 1844), styled Viscount Valentia between 1793 and 1816. In 1802 Henry Salt was appointed secretary and draughtsman to George Annesley, Viscount Valentia. They started on an eastern tour, travelling on Minerva to India via the Cape. Salt explored the Red Sea area, and in 1805 visited the Ethiopian highlands. He returned to England in 1806. Salt’s paintings from the trip were used to illustrate the Lord Valentia’s Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt, in the years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806, published in 1809 in three volumes. We can find no reference to this proposed publication, Decades of Egypt. “The Second Decade should have a volume of Atlas Plates & the letter press would with the 1st Decade form a volume. The Drawings are very fine, particularly of the Figures in the New Tombs & would give a true idea of the Arts in Egypt which Belzoni’s work does not. A selection of these drawings with ground places &c should be for the Atlas. The residue could bind up in Quarto & would form a very splendid work. The drawings are now here, but I expect to be in London in the Course of the Month & will take them with me.”