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MINTURN, Robert B.

From New York to Delhi by way of Rio de Janeiro, Australia, and China.

Published: London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858

Stock code: 45447

Price: £150

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First edition. Minturn was the son of Robert Bowne Minturn, one of the most prominent American merchants and shippers of the mid-nineteenth century. In a review quoted on a slip mounted by the publishers at the front free endpaper, the Saturday Review of 16 October 1858 found his book to be “a compendium of all that it is most essential to know, put together not by a compiler, but by an acute and observant spectator and inquirer”; whereas Sorsky considers that “Minturn was a missionary and very opinionated and critical of the Indian. Very racist.”

Octavo, original red embossed cloth, title gilt to the spine. Hand-coloured folding map frontispiece. Armorial bookplate of Christopher Barber Collinson tipped onto the front pastedown. A little rubbed, recased, spine relined, some light browning, but overall very good.

Bibliography: Sorsky 755.

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