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Selections from Public Correspondence, published by Authority N[orth] W[estern] P[rovinces]. Parts VII, X, & XI.

Published: Agra: The Secundra Orphan Press, 1849-51

Stock code: 89449

Price: £350

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First editions. Interesting collection of technical papers relating to the government of the North Western Provinces. Includes the description of a bridge built at Seoni by Major Boileau with plan; detailed plans for the cutting of a canal from the Sutlej at Tihara with excellent maps; an account of the “Oothaeegeeras” or Sunoreahs, “professional thieves of Bundelcund”, including a glossary of “Bolee” their argot; a important “Report upon the Tea Plantations in the North Western Provinces” by Robert Fortune noted botanist and plant collector for the HEIC; together with some revenue surveys of the region submitted by William Muir, as secretary of the revenue board, to John Thomason, the lieutenant-governor. Attractive group of uncommon Indian imprints.

Octavo (200 126 mm) Twentieth-century blue cloth, title gilt to the spine, original upper wraps bound in. pp. ii, 66-108, 3 folding lithographic maps with colour; pp. ii, 213-250, folding lithographic map, and 3 folding letter-press table; ii, 251-286pp., folding letter-press table and tables to the text. Cloth clean and sound, Patent Office Library ink-stamps to the wraps, maps and occasionally to the text, light toning, overall very good.

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