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JOHNSON, John, Lieutenant-Colonel.

A Journey from India to England,

Through Persia, Georgia, Russia, Poland, and Prussia, in the Year 1817.

London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818 Stock Code: 134957

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First edition of Johnson's journey from Bombay to London. After 35 years in India, devoting most of his time "to the acquisition of local and professional knowledge" (preface), British Officer John Johnson decided to travel to England by land. This account of his travels documents the local life and customs encountered along the route, and, with future travellers in mind, he included a list of his travel expenses from Bombay to London.
The plates were etched in aquatint by the watercolour painter and engraver Theodore Henry Adolphus Fielding (1781-1851), who was proficient in aquatint, stipple and line engraving and went on to publish a series of important books on painting and engraving.

Provenance: armorial bookplate of Barnston to front pastedown, with motto "Honor Virtutis Calcar". Possibly Major Roger Barnston of Crewe Hill (1826-1857), a decorated and celebrated British Officer of the 90th Light Infantry, who served in the Crimean War and in the Indian Mutiny campaign, where he was injured at Lucknow and died a month later at Cawnpore. An obelisk has been erected in his memory in Cheshire.

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Quarto (261 x 210 mm). Contemporary green half calf by Poole & Harding of Chester, titles in gilt to black sheep spine label, decorative and floral motifs tooled in gilt on spine, marbled boards, edges, and endpapers.


Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, 12 engraved and aquatint plates after the author's drawings, of which 5 hand-coloured and an engraved plan of Hummaum.


A little wear to extremities, rubbed, slight marginal fading to endpapers, occasional light foxing and spotting sometimes affecting plates; a very good copy.


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