This rare deluxe edition of On Dutch Waterways contains twelve beautiful photogravures engraved by Annan and Swan. Trade edition has photogravure frontis only, “Hoorn”.
In 1887, at the age of 57, Thomas Annan committed suicide during what his death certificate described as ‘a period of mental aberration’. A year later, his sons, John (1863–1947) and James Craig (1864–1946), were listed as part of the family business, although both had been learning the trade for some years. John specialized in architectural photography, and is thought to have been responsible for the firm’s engineering photographs. James had set up a photo-engraving business with Donald Swan in London in 1885, but upon his father’s death returned to Glasgow to become a partner in the family business.
Davies, G. Christopher. On Dutch Waterways. The cruise of the S.S. Atlanta on the rivers & canals of Holland & the north of Belgium. London: Jarrold and sons. 1886.