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WILSON, John, of the Scottish Mission, Bombay. An Exposure of the Hindu Religion,
Bombay : 1832First edition of this uncommon and confrontational tract by the eminent Scottish missionary and orientalist John Wilson (1804-1875), a reply to the Hindu theologian Mora Bhatta Dandekara's Hindudharmasthapana (Vindication of Hindu Religion), published in Marathi and translated here by way of preface; part of a fascinating print war between the two men.... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 145823
COLQUHOUN, James Andrew Sutherland, Major. With the Kurram Field Force, 1878-79.
London : 1881First edition. An excellent account of the formation and operations of General Roberts's expeditionary force. Captain Colquhoun, arrived only in time for the action on Peiwar Kotal, but compiled a detailed account of the preparation of the force and its advance from the diary of Major Collett, the assistant quartermaster-general. Colquhoun, a Royal... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 127107
WATHEN, James. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;
London : 1814First edition of this attractive, informative and well-illustrated travelogue. In 1811, Wathen (1751-1828), a glover from Hereford, occupied his retirement with numerous expeditions mostly within the British Isles, and many written up for the Gentleman's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor.
In 1811 he sailed to India and China with... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 142461
GRIFFIN, Lepel H., & Charles Francis Massy. Collection of three works on the rulers of the Punjab, handsomely bound in matching style.
Lahore and Allahabad, : 1870-90A genuinely rare opportunity to acquire these three highly elusive monographs on the ruling families of the Punjab, each a remarkable work of exhaustive research written or inspired by Lepel H. Griffin, one of the most colourful officials in nineteenth century British India, the man described by his fellow Indian administrator, Sir Walter Lawrence,... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 140157
INGLIS, James. Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier.
London : 1878First edition. Inglis (1845-1908) was the son of a Scottish clergyman. "In 1866 he went to India at the instigation of his brother Alexander, a Calcutta tea merchant, and became an indigo planter in Bihar and the North-West Provinces. He revelled in tiger shooting and pigsticking, and published sporting verses, Tirhoot Rhymes (Calcutta, 1873), under... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 121134
FRUNEAU, René. Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.
Nantes : 1829-33First editions of a group of rather eccentric theoretical papers on a range of matters maritime by an "ancien marin Nantaise", based in his experiences as a ship's captain in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. In his introduction to the first "opuscule" Fruneau insists that he is not seeking patronage (Certes! l'intérêt ni autres motifs n'ont... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 67938
LAWRENCE, Henry Montgomery. Some Passages in the Life of an Adventurer in the Punjab.
Delhi : 1842First edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies - BL and Oxford - on Library Hub, WorldCat adds five more - NYPL, Yale, Harvard, universities of Minnesota and Missouri. One of the earliest commercial productions of this press, all Delhi imprints before 1850 are uncommon. Excellent copy of Lawrence's "fictionalised memoirs of Colonel Bellasis who... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 107518
GREAVES, Edwin. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.
Benares : 1895First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama"... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 141124
WARD, William. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
Serampore : 1811The first volume was first published in 1806, but no copies traced, this full edition being issued in 1811 from the Mission Press that Ward laboured so hard to establish. Extremely uncommon, just one set traced at auction, maybe 20 locations institutionally. Trained as a printer, and working in that capacity on various newspapers in the Midlands, and... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 102883
PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,
Calcutta : 1834First and only contemporary edition of this highly authentic account, based on probably the most accurate first-hand report on the life and times of Ranjit Singh. The portrait of the maharajah was taken from the life by a noted Indian portraitist and engraved by the Indian master-engraver of the Calcutta mint. Extremely uncommon on the market, no auction... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139506
STACY, Lewis Robert. The Narrative of Lieutenant Colonel L. R. Stacy.
Serampore : 1844First and only edition, scarce, "printed though not published for private circulation among the author's friends"; the clipped bookseller's catalogue description present here states that only 20 copies were printed, a number corroborated by University of California (Berkeley) and Bodleain; apart from these copies only two other locations are cited... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 122379
HENDLEY, Thomas Holbein. Handbook to the Jeypore Museum.
Calcutta : 1895First and only edition. Guidebook to the Jeypore Museum (now the Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur) written by the museum's curator Colonel Hendley of the Bengal Medical service eight years after the building had been inaugurated and illustrated with detailed and attractive photo-chromo-lithographed plates by William Griggs, the pioneer of the process.
Rudyard... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129923
THORNTON, Edward. Illustrations of the History and Practices of the Thugs.
London : 1851Remarkably scarce second edition, following the first of 1837; one of the earliest and most significant works on thuggee. This copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Edward Law, first Earl of Ellenborough (1790-1871), governor-general of India from 1842 to 1844, inscribed by him on the front pastedown ("Ellenborough") and stamped "Earl of... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145945
WHITE, J. Claude. Sikhim & Bhutan: Twenty-One Years on the North-East Frontier 1887-1908.
London : 1909First edition, first impression, of this important and handsomely produced work, comprising some excellent photographs and finely-detailed photogravures from images captured by the author. White (1853-1918) was a British political officer, residing in the Himalayas for a little over two decades.
He initially served as Executive Engineer with... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138614
WESTON, Stephen. Extracts from a Journal in the Months of June, July, August, and September, in the Year 1819.
London : 1820First and only edition. Stephen Weston, (1747-1830), antiquary, classical scholar, and minor Shakespearian. Educated Eton, and Exeter College, Oxford. "Weston accompanied Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde of Devon as his tutor in a long tour of the continent. As a result of this tour he conceived a passion for travel and a particular love for France and,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139891
MALCOLM, John, Sir. Sketch of the Sikhs;
London : 1812First edition of this scarce account of Sikhism, the cornerstone of later publications on the topic, annotated over four pages by a British Officer who interacted with the Sikhs during his service. This "preliminary effort" (Khurana, p. 22) on the subject sheds some light on the history of the Sikhs, their countries and government, and their religion.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 135209
HOLLINGBERY, William. A History of His Late Highness Nizam Alee Khaun, Soobah of the Dekhan.
Calcutta : 1805First edition of this very scarce account of the Deccan and its rulers, that area of southern India that included the state of Hyderabad, with a focus on the life of the ruler Nizam Ali Khan, Asaf Jah II (1734-1803), who had recently assisted the British in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, which concluded with the death of Tipu Sultan at Seringapatam in... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 122403
BELLEW, Henry Walter. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881
London : 1885First edition thus of this important contribution to the literature of the disease. The conclusions of this substantial work, based on painstaking statistical surveys, are considered among the best-judged of the period, and remain epidemiologically sound.
"The almost invariable validity of Bellew's general statements on locality and climate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 82407
DE GAURY, Gerald, & H. V. F. Winstone, (eds). The Road to Kabul.
London : 1981Superb presentation copy of the first edition of this anthology of work by travellers in Central Asia, signed by the author, and with a letter presenting the book to Robert Heber-Percy, 'The Mad Boy', young lover of the eccentric Lord Berners, with whom de Gaury became fascinated, and who accompanied him on his delicate diplomatic mission to visit Ibn... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 141824
RENNELL, James. The Marches of The British Armies in the Peninsula of India during the Campaigns of 1790 and 1791.
London : 1792Second edition, same year as the first. Third Anglo-Mysore War. Uncommon, and detailed account drawn from official accounts of Cornwallis and Medows's campaigns against Tipu Sultan down to the Battle of Arakere in May 1791. Tipu's army was routed and retreated into Seringapatam, but the British forces were forced to return to Bangalore by the problems... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 86803
LANSDOWNE, Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, fifth marquess of. Speeches of the Marquis of Lansdowne, Viceroy and Governor General of India.
Calcutta : 1894First and only edition, one of 110 copies, rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Library Hub locates only the copy at the British Library; WorldCat adds a single copy worldwide, at Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine at Nanterre (described in a note as "Rel. arm." - presumably "reliure armorial" - i.e. an armorial... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116668
KAYE, John William. The Administration of the East India Company; A History of Indian Progress.
London : 1853First edition. "I offer this volume to the public as a contribution to the general stock of information relating to India and her affairs - information which, in the present juncture, it is very desirable to possess. It contains much that is scattered over a great number of printed books, and much besides that is not to be found in any printed books"... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 143646
HOUGH, William. A Brief History of the Bhopal Principality in Central India.
Calcutta : 1845First edition of this conspicuously uncommon history of Bhopal - at the time of publication under the protection of the presidency of Bengal - consolidating "all the information to be obtained in printed works" (p. v); Library Hub cites copies at just five British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Manchester, SOAS, Oxford, Southampton), WorldCat... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122391
UZBEKISTAN. Uzbekskaia SSR na vsesoiuznoy selskohoziaistvennoy vystavke 1939 goda. [i.e. Uzbek Soviet Republic on the All-Union Agrarian Exhibition of 1939].
Moscow : 1940First and only edition, one of 4000 copies, but fragile. Uncommon, just 6 copies traced on WorldCat, all in the United States. A celebration of the Uzbek contribution to the Agrarian Exhibition that opened in 1939 at the VDNKh - The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy - in Moscow and ran till 1941. It had originally been intended as a three-month... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 119917
NAPIER, Sir William. History of General Sir Charles Napier's Administration of Scinde, and Campaign in the Cutchee Hills.
London : 1851First edition. William Napier was the brother of Charles Napier, who had conquered and administered Sindh and been a leading figure in British India prior to his resignation over his disagreements with Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. William Napier published both an account of the conquest of Sindh and the present volume, a praising account of Charles... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 122301
GRIGGS, William. 18 Plates of Ornamental Tiles Collected By the Afghan Boundary Commission.
London : First and sole edition, extremely uncommon, V & A and BL only in UK, WorldCat adds another 10 locations. A striking set of plates of ornamental tiles collected by the Afghan Boundary Commission, a joint Anglo-Russian project, active between 1884 and 1886, to set Afghanistan's northern border. A team travelled through Herat, Bala Murghab, Mazar-i-Sharif... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 129429
RUSSIA; Moscow. A'lbom zdaniy, prinadlezhavschih Moskovskomy gorodskomu upravleniyu. (Album of the municipal buildings of Moscow.)
Moscow : [1912-13]Superb and extremely scarce photographic record of pre-Revolution Moscow, captured in a series of quite stunning images by one of the foremost Russian photographers of the period, P. P. Pavlov. An online search of institutional libraries cites 3 locations only - British Library, Harvard, and Columbia - with no copy traced on auction records.
Among... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 131502
ZINSERLING, Vladimir. Oroshenie na Amu-Darie [Irrigation on the Amu Darya].
Moscow : 1927First and only edition, just 2000 copies, rare, no copies traced on WorldCat. Immensely detailed logistical study towards large-scale irrigation schemes for the agricultural exploitation of the extensive steppes of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. This copy a superb association copy inscribed in purple ink on the title page by the author: "To Academician... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 121726
EAST INDIA COMPANIES. A Justification of the Directors of the Netherlands East-India Company;
London : 1688Second edition in English of A Justification (first edition 1687, of which ESTC records only the British Library copy), first edition of An Impartial Vindication. The volume brings together, relating to disputes over the contested Bantam Presidency, both a defence of the Dutch East India Company and an attack on the English (A Justification), and its... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 147667
MASON, George Henry; ALEXANDER, William; DALVIMART, Octavien; PYNE, William Henry; D'OYLY, Charles & Thomas Williamson. The Costume of China; The Punishments of China; The Costume of the Russian Empire; The Costume of Turkey; The Costume of Great Britain; The Costumes and Customs of Modern India
London : 1800; 1801; 1803; 1804; 1804; c.1824"A most important series of books on costume" (Hardie, p. 151), this a particularly choice set - presented here in stylish period morocco bindings - of these famous colour plate books, issued by two of the most fashionable publishers of the era, William Miller and Edward Orme.
The Costume of China has plates by the accomplished stipple engraver... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 145507
SLAVERY CAMPBELL, John. Candid and impartial Considerations on the Nature of the Sugar Trade; the comparative importance of the British and French islands in the West-Indies: with the value and consequence of St. Lucia and Granada, truly stated. Illustrated with copper plates.
London : 1763First edition of the first-named, fourth of the second which was first published Antigua, 1750 under the pseudonym of "An Old Planter". John Campbell (17081775), was a highly successful historian and miscellaneous author, Johnson thought well of him and praised the usefulness of his knowledge, also describing him as "the richest author that ever grazed... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 132583
MOOR, John Henry. Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and Adjacent Countries;
Singapore : 1837First edition of one of the earliest books published in Singapore, comprising of articles first published in the Singapore Chronicle, Singapore's first newspaper, between 1824 and 1834. The proposed second part was never published. This valuable resource includes articles which would now otherwise be lost, as there are no known surviving copies of the... Learn More£28,500.00
Stock Code: 132433
POLUPANOV, Stefan Nikolaevich. Arkhitekturnie pamiatniki Samarkanda [i.e. The Architectural Monuments of Samarkand]
Moscow : 1948First edition. "Official" study of the ancient mosques of Samarkand, suggestive of then current developments in Soviet architectural doctrine. The author Stefan Polupanov (1904-1957) was a leading Tashkent-based architect; "A graduate of the Kharkov Artistic-Construction Institute, Polupanov enjoyed a long career in Tashkent city planning " (Stronski,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 133933
POUND, Ezra, & W. B. Yeats (eds.); FENOLLOSA, Ernest. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
Churchtown, Dundrum : 1916First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 131792
WHEELER, James Talboys. Hand-book to the Cotton Cultivation in the Madras Presidency:
Madras : 1862First edition. Fairly uncommon, just 16 locations worldwide on WorldCat. An official publication compiled at a crisis point for the English cotton trade. The Lancashire Cotton Famine, the result of overproduction at a time of contracting markets and the interruption of imports due to the American Civil War, led to widespread hardship and unrest. One... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 96950
MACNAIR, Harley Farnsworth. The Chinese Abroad:
Shanghai : 1925First edition, second impression, of this uncommon study written against the background of the passing of the Asian Exclusion Act in 1924, one of a group of such immigration acts of that year. MacNair's work relates the history of legal protections and treaty stipulations offered by China to the country's immigrants, and including descriptions of the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 115885
MACPHERSON, David. The History of the European Commerce with India.
London : 1812First edition, first impression. Macpherson's most celebrated work was his Annals of Commerce, Fisheries and Navigation, which established him as a leading authority on the history of Britain's overseas trade. This, his final work, "opposed Adam Smith's view that the East India Company's monopoly was detrimental to the development of trade between India... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118117
TOD, James. Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India.
Calcutta : 1877-79First Calcutta edition of "the first systematic introduction of the Rajputs to the European world" (Freitag, Serving Empire, Serving Nation, p. 25). This copy designated the second on the title page. It is, in fact, second Indian edition based on the text of the 1829-32 Smith, Elder & Co. first. The plates were adapted from those in the London edition... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 129011
HÜGEL, Carl Freiherrn von. Travels in Kashmir and the Panjab,
London : 1845First edition of this English translation, a narrative travelogue from the finest and most detailed study of the region made during the nineteenth century. Possessed of a short but select list of subscribers, including Mountstuart Elphinstone, Capt. Beaufort, Pottinger, Prinsep, Claude Wade, Malcolm, and Vigne, this work is uncommon on the market, just... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139471
ZHOMINI, Aleksandr Genrikhovich. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856).
London : 1882First English edition of this important account compiled by the senior advisor to the Russian Imperial Foreign Ministry. A timely publication guided not by "any idea of vain recrimination... On the contrary... the moment has come for the all the European Powers to strike a balance... and to acknowledge towards one another their mea culpa".
Originally... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 141302
DOOLITTLE, Rev. Justus. Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language.
Foochow : 1872First edition of this comprehensive English-to-Chinese vocabulary phrase book. Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) was a US missionary, Chinese scholar and numismatist who was based in Fuzhou between 1850 and 1864 and who wrote extensively on Chinese culture and religion. Between 1861 and 1864, Doolittle publishee a number of popular articles in the China... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129232
BRADLEY, John. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.
London : 1876First edition. Extremely uncommon. "An interesting work combining travel, observation and big game hunting. Near the Sittang River in Burma, the author hunted numerous tigers, including an episode of tiger shooting related by his companion Captain Lacy. Near the River Thungyen, an elephant was bagged, with additional notes on hunting leopard, deer,... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 71504
RUSSIAN ARMY REFORM. Polozheniye o pereformirovanii armeyskoy kavalerii (Regulations on the Reformation of the Cavalry).
St Petersburg : 1833First and only edition, genuinely scarce, a single copy traced to the Russian Presidential Library. A handsomely presented volume, a contribution towards Nicholas I's efforts at far-reaching reform of the army, a volume which would have had minimal distribution among those directly involved in the administration. This copy identified, by the gilt-stamped... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 133891
ROY, Rajah Rommohun. Exposition of the Practical Operation of the Judicial and Revenue Systems of India:
London : 1832First and only edition, uncommon. This important slim volume of some 130 pages encapsulates Roy's evidence given to the Select Committee of the House of Commons regarding the renewal of the East India Company's charter, resulting in the Charter or Saint Helena Act of 1833, establishing, among other things, a governor-general of India and putting the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143377
JERVIS, Humphrey. Narrative of a Journey to the Falls of the Cavery;
London : 1834First edition of this uncommon and attractively illustrated work: three copies traced at auction, eight in UK libraries, and two world-wide; the list of subscribers records 256 copies printed.
Jervis was an officer in the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot, which was deployed to India in 1830 and was initially garrisoned at Bangalore, helping... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117250
AHMAD, Nazir. The First Five Chapters of the Taubatu-n-Nasûh (of M. Nazir Ahmed).
London : 1890Actually the first edition, the work's status as a second relates to the earlier publication of the complete Taubat (under the title The Repentance of Nussooh) without such thorough scholarly apparatus. The present edition of the first five chapters being "intended for students who have a comparatively short time at their disposal in preparing for examinantion.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 94792
GRAY, John Henry. Walks in the City of Canton.
Victoria, Hong Kong, : 1875First edition, extremely uncommon, Library Hub locates just 5 copies - BL, V & A, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds, SOAS has only the 1974 reprint. Gray presents a guide-book offering seven detailed itineraries for walks taking in sights around the city, with references linking back to the substantial text providing the historical, social and "ethnographical"... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 90820
SHEPHERD, J. W. A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore During the Sepoy Revolt of 1857.
Lucknow : 1886First edition thus, revised and enlarged from the first edition in book form of 1879. This new edition features extracts from Mowbray Thomson's The Story of Cawnpore (1859) and aims to provide "as complete and interesting a 'record of facts connected with the Cawnpore massacre of 1857', as it is possible for a providentially escaped survivor of that... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 129379
WESTMACOTT, George Edward. Indian Commerce and Russian Intrigue. The Present and Future Prospects of our Indian Empire.
London : 1838First and only edition. Uncommon, 7 locations only on Copac, OCLC adds 2 more. Westmacott (1807-41) arrived in Bengal in 1823 as ensign, and was promoted captain in the 37th N.I. in 1833, the following year being made the junior assistant to the agent of the Governor general, North-east Frontier. A scholarly soldier, while in Assam he contributed a... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143818
YOUNG, Gavin, Major. Reflections on the Present State of British India.
London : 1829First and only edition of this uncommon, significant, and largely overlooked premonishment of the Great Game. It is an important contribution to the debate on the governance of India, from which the arch-opponent of the EIC, and promoter of colonial self-rule, James Silk Buckingham, extracted two whole chapters for publication in his journal The Oriental... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95661
GEARY, Grattan. Burma, after the Conquest,
London : 1886First edition of this "detailed description of Upper Burma at the time of the annexation" (Speake). Grattan Geary (d. 1900) was "editor of the Times of India, and subsequently acquired the Bombay Gazette where the present work was printed, took a prominent part in Bombay municipal affairs and was at one time Chairman of the Corporation. An able writer,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133453
MARTIN, Robert Montgomery. Our Indian Empire and the adjacent countries of Afghanistan, Beloochistan, Persia, etc. Depicted and described by Pen and Pencil.
London : 1879-81First edition thus, based on Martin's The Indian Empire (1858-61), but with a new introduction taking in recent developments in the Great Game, volume III closing with the conclusion of the Second Afghan War (1878-80) and General Roberts's entry into Kandahar.
The Dublin-born writer and civil servant Robert Montgomery Martin (c.1802-1868), wrote... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137592
FORREST, G. W. (ed.) Selections from the Letters, Despatches, and other State Papers preserved in the Bombay Secretariat. Home Series Vol. I [& II].
Bombay : 1887First edition. Uncommon. Some of the first fruits of Forrest's archival work which was to lead to the establishment of the Imperial Record Office in Calcutta, in 1884 " he was seconded to examine the records preserved in the Bombay secretariat - a task which bore fruit in a Maratha (1885) and a home (1887) series of state papers. In April 1888, after... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 111543
KHANYKOV, Nikolay Vladimirovich. Opisanie Bukharskogo Khanstva [Description of the Khanate of Bukhara].
St Petersburg : 1843First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, A classic of the literature of the Great Game, essentially an intelligence report towards Russia's strategic ambitions in present day Uzbekistan, it is considered the first attempt at a scientific description of the Khanate of Bukhara.
The author was the noted Russian orientalist, historian and diplomat... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 117824
WELLESLEY, Richard. Notes relative to the Late Transactions in the Marhatta [sic] Empire.
London : 1804First London edition of this account of the early stages of the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803-5), first published the previous year at Calcutta. Issued anonymously, it was the work Richard, Marquess Wellesley, at the time governor-general of Bengal, and older brother of the duke of Wellington who took a significant part in these campaigns, and it glorifies... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143667
KIRKPATRICK, William. An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul; being, The Substance of Observations made during a Mission to that Country in the Year 1793.
London : 1811First 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... Learn More£2,650.00
Stock Code: 124199
BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
Bombay : 1847First and sole edition. An important early work in the transmission of information about the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, which Bird saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art". Inevitably scarce, as just 59 subscribers contributed towards the expense... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 129805
ARNOLD, Thomas W., & J. V. S. Wilkinson (eds.) The Library of A. Chester Beatty.
Oxford : 1936First edition, first impression. An enormous and finely illustrated production detailing the collection of Indian miniatures of Alfred Beatty (1875-1968), a copper mining tycoon who built up one of the world's greatest collections of western and oriental manuscripts. The cataloguing of Beatty's collection of Indian miniatures was originally undertaken... Learn More£2,950.00
Stock Code: 123495
BROUGHTON, Thomas Duer. Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the Year 1809,
London : 1813First edition, an excellently preserved copy in boards, handsome and uncommon thus. Contains Broughton's account of the Marathas, including detailed observations on various Hindu and Islamic festivals and religious ceremonies. The book is notable as the only British book on India to be illustrated entirely after drawings by an Indian artist, and also... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 131663
MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
1836First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator. "By the time Malcolm wrote, no new material had appeared on Clive for more than forty years. The core of Malcolm's work was to be the large collection of manuscripts kept by Clive's son, the Earl of Powis" (Harrington,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 43835