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Reise in Ostindien: Ceylon, Java, China und Bengalen....

Aus dem Ungarischen übersetzt.

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Published: Pest Hermann Geibel, 1859

Stock Code: 127337

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First illustrated edition, the first in German, of this outstanding account of big-game hunting in Asia, originally published in Hungarian in 1853. Count Manó Andrássy (1821-1891, his name given here as Emanuel Andrásy) was a traveller, collector, painter and caricaturist, who participated in his country's revolution in 1848, then fled to England during the Austrian invasion the following year; he thence travelled east. He later returned to Hungary, built mansions at Parnó, Betlér and Szulova, and played a leading role in the "regulation of the Tisza" river (concluded 1880). In 1857 he published Hazai vadaszatok es sport Magyaroszagon (Domestic Hunting and Sport in Hungary) which, like Reise in Ostindien, is a superbly illustrated volume.
The plates here depict elephant hunting in Ceylon, rhinoceros, crocodile and deer hunting in Java, tiger-stalking near the Ganges, street scenes in Hong Kong and Calcutta, dancers at the courts of Nazim, the Nawab of Bengal, and Murserabat, and an Arab encampment near Suez.
Rare. six copies only traced in institutional libraries world-wide (Danish Union Catalogue, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Leiden, Leipzig, National Library of India, and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin); perhaps five institutional copies traced for the first edition, published in Hungarian in 1853, and none in commerce.

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Elephant folio (595 x 425 mm). Original green half morocco, matching morocco-grain cloth sides, flat bands within gilt rules to spine, second compartment lettered in gilt, titles and pictorial vignette gilt to front cover, white moiré cloth endpapers, cloth inner hinges.


Hand-coloured tinted lithograph frontispiece and 15 similar plates by V. Adam, Eugene Ciceri. H. Clerget & Bayot, J. David, J. Laurens, and Bachelier after Andrássy and printed by Lemercier in Paris (all with with tissue-guards), wood-engraved title vigne


Engraved bookplates of the French financier and politician Adoplhe d'Eichtal (1805-1895); and with the publisher's imposing large engraved label.
Binding skilfully refurbished, customary general pale foxing. A very good copy.


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