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SLEEMAN, William Henry.

Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official.

London : 1844 Stock Code: 140735
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First edition of this beautifully produced work. Sir William Henry Sleeman (1788-1856) "was a British soldier and administrator in India who joined the Bengal army in 1809. In 1820 he became assistant to the Governor-General's Agent in the Sagar and Narmada territories. He is famous for... his role in the suppression of thagi thuggee. He was Resident at Gwalior from 1843 to 1849 and at Lucknow from 1849-1856. He died at sea near Sri Lanka in 1856. In his book Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official he has given a very sympathetic account of India and its people" (Mishra & Mishra, India Through Alien Eyes, 2012, Chapter 8). Sleeman's chapter on suttee has been described as "one of the longest suttee texts in Victorian literature" (Margery Sabin, Dissenters and Mavericks: Writings about India in English, 1765-2000, Oxford 2002, p. 80).

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2 volumes, large octavo. Original red morocco-grain cloth, spines gilt lettered within an "architectural" cartouche, front covers with paired gilt fillet frame enclosing an elaborate "oriental" strapwork panel and pictorial roundel, panel repeated in blind on back covers with gilt decorative roundel, pale primrose yellow-coated endpapers.


Chromolithograph portrait frontispiece to each volume, 24 similar plates of buildings, 6 of plants and ornaments, chromolithography by Quinet or Black, printed by Day & Haghe.


Neat Eton leaving inscription to recto of frontispiece in volume I (dated Christmas 1851).
Bindings skillfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt just a little rubbed. A particularly attractive set in the striking original cloth bindings by Westley's.


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