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TATE, George Passman.

The Frontiers of Baluchistan.

Travels on the Borders of Persia and Afghanistan. With an Introduction by Col. Sir A. Henry McMahon.

Published: London: Witherby & Co., 1909

Stock code: 102999

Price: £2,250

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First edition, a fairly uncommon book, this copy accompanied by an atmospheric original watercolour by Tate, which is reproduced as a plate in the book, captioned “Nad Ali. The delta of Seistan from the Tell of Surhdik”. Fascinating account of the author’s travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan, and into Seistan, as an Extra Assistant Superintendent, Survey of India, employed on the Baluch-Afghan Boundary Mission, 1895-6, and Seistan Arbitration Mission, 1903-5, on the later Tate was in charge of the survey section. Both missions were undertaken under Sir Henry McMahon, who was later Governor-General of Baluchistan, and who here commends Tate in his introduction for for the “strength and picturesque colouring of his portraiture of the country and people he describes”.

Octavo. Original mid-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, French fillet panels in blind to the boards, top edge gilt, the others uncut. Coloured frontispiece from a watercolour by the author, and 36 plates from photographs, folding route map, and coloured folding area map at the rear. A little rubbed, neatly recased, endpapers renewed, light browning and scattered foxing, but overall a very good copy.

Bibliography: Wilson p.223

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