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EGERTON, Francis, Hon. Capt.

Journal of a Winter’s Tour in India: with a Visit to the Court of Nepaul.

Published: London: John Murray, 1852

Stock code: 46277

Price: £1,750

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First edition. “Sailor’s travels in India; lively account of scenes and society, mainly Nepal.” (Handley) Francis Egerton was the second son of the 1st Earl of Ellesmere, he served as First Class Volunteer under Sir Robert Stopford in the operations against St. Jean d’Acre in 1840. Promoted Lieutenant in 1846, attached to Raleigh, 50, Sir Thomas Herbert on the South America station. Here he offers his account of a tour in Asia, in the hope that “As a sketch … of the everyday life of tourists in our eastern empire, the book may not be unacceptable to the general reader.” (Preface) The narrative holds specialist appeals for those interested in Big Game hunting; ” … he landed in Ceylon where he met Samuel White Baker, then proceeded to hunt elephant and buffalo with Baker while on the road from Kandy to Trincomalee. While travelling through various parts of India, Egerton witnessed hunting deer with cheetahs, as well as partaking in a bit of bird shooting. While in Gwalior, he and his party hunted tiger from elephant back …” (Czech).

2 volumes, octavo, original ochre embossed cloth, title gilt to spine, gilt block of two travellers on a camel – “sketched near Ellora” – to the upper boards. Engraved frontispiece to each and 17 illustrative vignettes, folding route map at the rear of Volume II. Family copy, intertwined capital Es surmounted by a viscount’s coronet. A little rubbed and sunned, spine of Volume II slightly chipped and repaired, a little light foxing, but overall a very nice set.

Bibliography: Czech p.70; Handley - Annotated Bibliography of Diaries printed in English ...p.846.

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