Sport and Politics under an Eastern Sky.Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902 Stock Code: 127439
NotesFirst edition. "Ronaldshay, the future Governor of Bengal and Secretary of State for India, arrived in India in 1899 with travel and sport on his mind." In the first half of the book he travels around Sind, Kashmir and the Himalayas, "enjoying considerable sport... In the second half of this work, Ronaldshay examines the strategic value of the region as he continues his expedition" (Czech). "The young Ronaldshay travelled extensively in Asia over a period of ten years, and published a number of travel studies", of which this was his first. He later earned some renown as an author, writing biographies of Lord Curzon and Lord Cromer and being "recognized for his literary achievements by the award of honorary doctorates from the universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, and Leeds" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original dark green covers, title gilt to spine and front cover, device on front cover in white take from photo on pg. 229, "my coolies marching through the snow", black end papers, errata slip bound in before pg. xvii.
Half-tone photographic frontispiece of author and 13 similar plates, illustrations in text, 1 large and 1 small folding map of routes taken by Lord Ronaldshay.
"Autograph" ownership stamp of W Robertson-Durham to half-title. Shelf wear to top and bottom of spine, some bumps to tips, light foxing and browning to text, small map a little foxed, small closed tear to stub of large map.
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