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Item #41445 Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc. Charles Richard FRANCIS, M. B., John Corbet ANDERSON, Lithographer.
Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.
Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.
Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.
Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.
Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.

Sketches of Native Life in India with Views in Rajpootana, Simlah, etc., etc.

London: Meldola, Cahn, and Co. 7A, Camomile St., Bishopsgate. Sold by A. Hill, Princes Street, Edinburgh, and by T. Shipton, Cheltenham. Printed by Hullmandel and Walton; C. H. Fairland, 1848. Folio. (14 1/4 x 10 inches). First edition. [X1] [A-B2] C-I2 [X2]. [i]-[vi] [1]-30 [4]. 40 pp. 22 hand-colored lithograph plates heightened with white and captioned. Title page, Preface, List of Illustrations, Chapters I-XXII, List of Subscribers, Errata Slip. Plates 3 and 4, and 21 and 22, are each transposed, as usual. Foxing. Image size (including text): (8 x 11 1/4 inches).

Black half calf over contemporary blue cloth boards, direct lettered in gilt on front cover, with spine gilt-ruled in seven compartments, all edges gilt, modern cream cloth clamshell box with black gilt-lettered titling label on spine

First edition of this rare colorplate book on mid-nineteenth-century life in India which has done woefully underacknowledged in the literature. A gem of the period and genre, this copy is fully-colored unlike most.

"The professed snake-catchers in India are . . . wonderfully clever in catching snakes, as well as in practising the art of legerdemain: they pretend to draw them from their holes by a song, and by an instrument somewhat resembling an Irish bag-pipe, on which they play a plaintive tune." - Chapter VI, "Snake Charming" The twenty-two beautifully hand-colored plates here, drawn on stone by the British lithographer John Corbet Anderson after Francis's illustrations sketched from life, depict India's various peoples, views, activities, landscapes, architecture, animals, and even its insects. Francis captured daily life in mid-nineteenth-century India, from its markets to its mills and from temple to town. List of Plates: 1. A Hindoo Family on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Lake of Poshkur. 2. Holy Lake and Town of Poshkur. 3. A Bazaar or Market Scene. 4. Ghaut of Landing Place and Temple at the Lake of Poshkur. 5. Dawk Travelling. 6. Snake Charmer. 7. A Moonshee. 8. Two Women Grinding at a Mill. Chaff Blown Away by the Wind. Eagles and Vultures Devouring a Carcase. 9. Women Drawing Water from a Well at Even. 10. Confluence of the Ganges and Jumna at Allahabad. 11. A Camel Battery. 12. Scene Near a Hospital. 13. A View from the Fort at Bhurtpore. 14. A Cantonment. 15. Madras. 16. A Native Magistrate / A Pundit / A Maimed Spy / A Cloth Merchant / A Parsee Merchant. 17. Drum Major / Sepoy / Havildar / Havildar Major / Jemadar / Subahdar Major. 18. A Thug / A Native Lady / A Native of Distinction / Runjeet Singh / Emperor of Delhi. 19. Rajah / Two Landholders / A Native Artist / Akbar Khan. 20. Lord Hardinge's Residence at Simlah. 21. A Locust / A Scorpion / A Blue Locust / Head and Forceps of a Centipede / A Centipede / A Serpent's Head / The Indian or Bandana Silk-Moth / A Portuguese Man of War. 22. Jamestown, St. Helena.

Asiatic Society of Mumbai 00000882. Bobins 246. Catalogue of Printed Books in the Library of the British Museum, Volume XVII, p.82. Francis Edwards, Books and Views Relating to India, 185. Imperial Library Catalogue, p.518. OCLC 30745761. SPL 5439. YCBA DS421.F72. Not in Abbey.

Item #41445

Price: $5,800.00