A Literary History of India.London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898 Stock Code: 141343
First edition, presentation copy from the author, with a full-page inscription on the front free endpaper: "I wrote this book in six months time and have repented ever since that I wrote it. It is however a pleasure to know that it has found an honoured home in the Library of Mr. J. Carleton Young. I now sign it in token of kindest regards and sincerest admiration for Mr. Young, founder of his unique library. R. W. Frazer, 19 May 1903".
The recipient was the American book collector James Carleton Young (1856-1918), who amassed an extraordinary library of tens of thousands of books and was known in France as "Le Roi des Livres". With the engraved armorial bookplate of Robertson Trowbridge, who has inscribed the plate so that it reads, "Thomas Pym Cope with Robertson Trowbridge's appreciative regards, Sept.1922". Trowbridge (1860-1945) was a wealthy Manhattan businessman and poetic dabbler, privately publishing Thirty Sonnets in 1929; Cope (1897-1977) was a prominent Philadelphia architect.
Dublin-born Robert Watson Frazer (1854-1921) wrote extensively on India and had worked in the Indian Civil Service before ill health forced him to retire in 1886, after which he lectured on Indian architecture and the Tamil and Telugu languages.
Octavo. Original dark green vertical-rub cloth, gilt-lettered spine with publisher's elaborate gilt stamp, top edge gilt.
Photogravure frontispiece; title page printed in red and black.
Spine frayed at extremities with a little loss of cloth and at some time fixed, light silverfishing to covers, front inner hinge cracked and binding slightly shaken but a sound and clean copy.
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