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JERVIS, Humphrey.

Narrative of a Journey to the Falls of the Cavery;

With an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Neilgherry Hills.

London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1834 Stock Code: 117250
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Elegant lithographic plates of the Nilgiris including views of Ooty

First 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 suppress the rebellion there two years later, before moving to Ferozepore in 1844 and fighting in the First Anglo-Sikh War. His guide to the Kaviri River and Nilgiri Mountains in southern India is dedicated to Stephen Lushington, and features a series of lithographs from his own sketches, depicting river views and scenes at Ootacamund (Ooty), Poonamallee, Bangalore, and Ramanagara (then named Closepet after Sir Barry Close). There was a second edition the same year.

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Octavo. Original boards, rebacked in polished green cloth retaining the original printed paper spine label, all edges untrimmed.


Lithographic frontispiece and 11 similar plates by Purser from sketches by the author.


Tips and lower board-edges bumped and rubbed, a few early leaves roughly opened along top edge, with shallow chipping to pp. v-viii (List of Subscribers) and sigs. B3-4, the text never affected, B7 with similar loss at top edge and short closed fore-edge tear just touching the letterpress, occasional marginal finger-soiling, mild spotting to a few plates, chiefly in margins, and offsetting to facing leaves, plates facing pp. 8 and 46 separated from bottom and top cords respectively, but holding. A good, tall copy with wide margins.


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