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DREW, Frederic.

The Northern Barrier of India.

A Popular Account of the Jummoo and Kashmir Territories.

Published: London: Edward Stanford, 1877

Stock code: 105408

Price: £575

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First edition thus, condensed from the author’s The Jummoo and Kashmir Territories: A Geographical Account of 1875. Educated at the Royal School of Mines, Drew (1836-1891) “joined the geological survey as an assistant geologist in August 1855. He was employed for seven years in the south-east of England, working primarily on the stratigraphic geology of the weald… In February 1862, following representations by the British military commander of the Punjab and the mediation of Sir Roderick Murchison, Drew resigned the geological survey to enter the service of the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, Ranbir Singh. He was initially engaged in a mineral reconnaissance of the territories, was then charged with the management of the forest department, and finally, in 1871, was appointed vizier (governor) of the province of Ladakh. In addition, he probably acted unofficially as a British political agent, providing intelligence on a state on India’s northern frontier which was considered to be of great strategic importance as a bulwark against Russian expansion. He acquired a detailed knowledge of the geology, topography, and anthropology of the country, which he employed in his major work, The Jummoo and Kashmir Territories which was written following his return to London in 1872. In 1877 he published an abridged, popular account under the title The Northern Barrier of India” (ODNB).

Octavo (193 x 121 mm). Contemporary green full calf by Relfe Brothers, richly gilt spine, red morocco label, two-line gilt border on sides, gilt roll tool turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers. 3 Woodburytype plates from photographs, one full page wood-engraved plate of Sirinagar, 22 wood-engravings in the text, folding coloured maps of India, Jummoo and Kashmir (on the same sheet), isometric view of the mountains between Punjab and Kashmir. Gilt arms of Hammersmith High School for Girls on front cover, prize label (dated 1886) on front pastedown. Spine lightly sunned, small blemish at foot of spine. A very attractive copy, with the half-title.

Bibliography: Riddick p. 107.

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