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FRASER, James Baillie.

Journal of a Tour through part of the Snowy Range of The Himala Mountains,

and to the sources of the Rivers Jumna and Ganges.

Published: London: for Rodwell and Martin, 1820

Stock code: 18914

Price: £1,800

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First edition. Fraser came as a merchant to Calcutta in 1813 and remained in India until 1820. In 1815 he spent some time with his brother William, a political agent to General Martindale, in the Himalayan region. In June 1815 Fraser penetrated almost to the source of the Ganges, reaching the shrine of the Mother Goddess, Ganga Mai, at Gangotri. Thinking that this marked the source, he made no further effort to explore and returned to the plains with material for this very popular book. Rodwell and Martin also published a folio of coloured aquatints of Fraser’s Himalayan sketches the same year, but the two are separate publications.

Large quarto. Modern blue morocco, spine with gilt devices in compartments, covers with double gilt rules, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges. Large folding map. Ex-Newcastle Public Library copy with accession marks on verso of title and small faint inkstamps occasionally throughout. Some light foxing, but generally fresh and clean throughout, a good copy.

Bibliography: Howgego F24; see Abbey Travel 498.

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