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An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul; being, The Substance of Observations made during a Mission to that Country in the Year 1793.

London: William Miller, 1811 Stock Code: 124199
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First edition of William Kirkpatrick's account of his 1792 diplomatic mission to Nepal, "leading the first Britons into that kingdom" (ODNB); a handsomely produced book printed by one of the best London printers of the day, William Bulmer. Kirkpatrick (1754-1812) joined the Bengal Infantry in 1773 and was the Persian Interpreter with Lord Cornwallis in the Mysore War between 1791 and 1792. "Kirkpatrick told Cornwallis's secretary, Colonel Ross, on 27 October 1792, that the mission went to settle a dispute between Nepal and Tibet and 'to advance useful knowledge'. Arriving after the dispute ended, he spent three weeks in Nepal, and though he returned to India without concrete benefit, the mission was regarded as a successful foray into an unknown land" (ODNB). In this work Kirkpatrick outlines his route to Katmandu, provides an historical sketch of the country, and details the boundary and divisions of Nepal. The appendices contain official papers and letters relating to his mission and the origin of the war between Nepal and Tibet, and include the correspondence of Cornwallis with Tibet during the war.

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Quarto (287 x 225 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco label, low flat bands with triple fillet gilt, compartments with gilt devices incorporating palmette tools, double fillet gilt panel to the boards, edges sprinkled red.


Stipple-engraved title-page vignette and 14 plates (13 etched or stipple-engraved, one a hand-coloured aquatint), large folding map.


Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, Lancashire chemist and bibliophile. Spine lightly sunned and slightly chipped head and tail, wear to tips, front joint cracked but holding, light toning to contents, slight rippling to book block, overall very good.


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