John Randall (Books of Asia)

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An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India; comprising a View of the Afghaun Nation, and a History of the Dooraunee Monarchy.

Elphinstone, The Hon. Mountstuart First edition, 4to, pp.viii, (v*)-vii*(notice regarding the map), [1, list of plates], 675, [3, blank-errata-blank], 14 aquatint plates, 13 coloured, 2 maps, one large and coloured in outline. An exceptionally clean copy bound in late nineteenth century calf by J. Philip of Aberdeen. Spine edges a little rubbed. Tissue guards lightly foxed. Mountstuart Elphinstone's account of his Mission to the Court of Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk, King of Kabul, and the first full description of Afghanistan and it's people. Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859) went to Bengal as a writer at the age of sixteen. He rose quickly through the service and was Resident at Nagpur from 1804 and at Poona from 1811, and Governor of Bombay from 1819 to his retirement in 1827. He twice declined the Governor-Generalship of India. In 1808 he was appointed the first British envoy to the court of Kabul with orders to secure a friendly alliance with Shah Shuja, but Shuja was overthrown by his brother before it could be ratified. The most valuable result of the embassy was in Elphinstone's collection of information about the country which he spent a year in Calcutta in 1811 arranging for publication. Four of the plates are by Lieutenant Grindlay, the remainder from drawings by Indian artists. Abbey 504
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Travels in Kashmir and the Panjab, containing a particular account of the Government and character of the Sikhs. From the German of Baron Charles Hugel. With notes by Major T.B.Jervis, F.R.S.

Hugel, Baron Charles First edition pp.xvi, 423, portrait frontis, 4 plates. Subscriber's leaf loosely inserted. Lacking map from rear pocket. Original cloth, spine faded. Minor wear to spine. Front inner hinge opening. Overall a very good copy in need of careful restoration. Charles von Hügel (1795-1870) was an Austrian nobleman, army officer, diplomat, botanist, and explorer. He travelled in India, the Far East, and Australasia between 1831 and 1836 collecting botanical specimens, artefacts, and manuscripts which he presented to the Austrian State Museums. He was particularly enamoured of Kashmir where he travelled with Godfrey Vigne in grand style in 1835, but as concerned as many other travellers of the time at the devastation wrought on the population by Sikh rule. On publication there were only 45 subscribers. An additional 42 copies were sent to the Court Of Directors of the East India Company, and Her Majesty's Commissioners for the Affairs of India. A publishers notice tipped in to another copy of this book reads: This work has been printed, and in my possession, for several months, for which John Arrowsmith engaged to supply the map mentioned in the title-page and in the list of illustrations, though, for reasons best known to himself, but of which I am entirely ignorant, I regret to say, he has failed to do so. The important events which are passing in the Panjab, together with the continual and urgent demand for the work, render its immediate publication desirable and neccessary. Another map, therefore, has been substituted, which will serve also to illustrate the theatre of war on the Indian frontier. April 3, 1846 John Petheram The replacement map was by James Wyld, but is NOT present here.