A Sketch of Assam with some Account of the Hill Tribes
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. 8vo. vi, , [v]-viii, 220pp. Folding map, 17 plates (16 hand coloured lithographs, 1 woodcut plate), woodcut illustrations. Repaired tear to folding map.
Contemporary smooth tan calf, covers pictorially stamped in gilt, spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, black morocco lettering piece in the second, marbled endpapers and edges
Provenance: Colonel Simpson (inscribed by the author); J. Talbot Clifton (armorial bookplate)
Author's presentation copy, complete with the map and hand coloured plates.
A rare work, particularly in what is believed to be the publisher's deluxe binding. This example with a presentation inscription by Butler to Colonel Simpson, "with the sincere esteem & regards of his old comrade." The plates include beautifully hand coloured landscape views, plates of native costume, as well as some natural history subjects.
Abbey, Travel 471; Yakushi (1994) B650; Bobins I:227.