SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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SMITH, Captain Robert (illust.)
Asiatic Costumes...

London: Ackermann, Strand, 1828.
Colas 2753. Not in Abbey, Tooley or Travis collection; Bobins I 307; Vinet 2195.
London: Ackermann, Strand, 1828.

FIRST EDITION. 12mo. (18.5 x 11 cm approx) [iv] 88pp. 44 fine hand-coloured engraved plates modern half calf over marbled boards. Raised bands in blind and gilt title to spine. RARE. The author a Scot who served in India and subsequently settled in Dublin when appointed Athlone pursuivant-at-arms. He is presumably the same Robert Smith renowned for his fine views of Prince of Wales Island which were engraved by William Daniell. The plates are of a high quality depicting a full range of Indian trades and society and also include 2 Burmese subjects. Good condition. An attractive series of costume plates. Coloured plates in order: 1. Dancing Boy. 2. A Nantch, or Singing Girl. 3. Nantch girl, or Dancing Girl. 4. A Nantch Girl, or Singing Girl. 5. A Nantch Girl, or Singing Girl. 6. A Female playing on the Tumboors. 7. Musician playing on the Tumboora. 8. Musician, playing on the Saringee. 9. Musician, playing on the Cymbals. 10. Musician, with a pair of Drums. 11. Musician, with a Khole or Drum. 12. Khidmutgar, or Waiter. 13. Khidmutgar, or Fly-flapper. 14. Barburdar, or Steward. 15. Hoqqu-burdar, or Pipe-bearer. 16. Chob-dar, or Mace bearer. 17. Choakee-dar, or Watchman. 18. Shaprasse, or Porter. 19. Suntoo-burdar, or Running Footman. 20. Dak, Wala, or Postman. 21. A Surcar, or Agent. 22. Ch-hata-wala, or Umbrella carrier. 23. Barburdar, or Fan-bearer. 24. Dace or Ayah - A Nurse. 25. A Girl stringing Flowers for Wreaths. 26. Woman preparing Thread for the Loom. 27. A Gardener. 28. Native of Bengal, selling Sweetmeats. 29. Bihishtee, or Water Carrier. 30. Dood-h-wala, or Milkman. 31. Bangy-Wala. 32. A Ryot, or Ploughman. 33. Sepoy, or Native Soldier. 34. A Native Lady in her Palkee. 35. Tonjon. 36. A Native of Rank on an Elephant. 37. Moonshee, or Interpreter. 38. A Mussulman. 39. A Brahmin. 40. Fuqeer, or Begging Friar. 41. Fuqeer, or Enthusiast. 42. Fuqeer, or Beggar. 43. A Burmese Man. 44. A Burmese Woman.