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[GRANT, Colesworthy]

Rural Life in Bengal;

Illustrative of Anglo-Indian Suburban Life; More Particularly in Connection with the Planter and Peasantry, the Varied Produce of the Soil & Seasons, with Copious Details of the Culture & Manufacture of Indigo. Letters from an Artist to His Sisters in England. By the Author of "Anglo-Indian Domestic Life" ... etc.

Published: London: W. Thacker & Co., 1860

Stock code: 66192

Price: £1,500

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First edition. Uncommon. “Composed in eight letters to his sisters, Grant has provided a description of his tour of rural life in the Indian mofussil [back-country] …” (Riddick) Sympathetic and entertaining description of Anglo-Indian officialdom, its habits and customs; archaic rural practices, social customs and ways of life, manufacturing and trade, with attractive engravings depicting village life, indigo manufacture, rural labour and so forth. Colesworthy Grant was for a time the drawing master at the Bengal Engineering College and Presidency College, and was well-known for his series of lithographed portraits of Bengal notabilities published in the India Review and Bengal Sporting Journal.

Tall octavo. Original dark blue bead-grained cloth, title gilt to spine and to the upper board with a gilt block of an Indian ploughman, cream surface-paper endpapers. Lithographed frontispiece map, coloured in outline, over 160 vignetted steel-engraved illustrations to the text. A little rubbed at the extremities, light toning and the occasional spot of foxing, but overall a very good copy indeed in the attractive publisher’s binding.

Bibliography: Riddick 115

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