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ELWOOD, Mrs. Anne Katharine.
[Anna Katherine]
Narrative of a journey overland from England, by the Continent of Europe, Egypt and the Red Sea to India, including a residence there, and voyage home, in the years 1825, 26, 27, and 28. In two volumes

Anne Katharine Elwood was the ideal narrator for an exotic and exciting travel journal. The first woman to travel overland to India, she acquired a reputation as a pioneer even before her diary was published. When it first appeared in 1830, this work attracted much praise from critics and the general public alike. Elwood's account introduces readers to locations, cultures, and sights as diverse as the duomo of Turin, a picnic at the Pyramids, and the 'the private lives of Mahometan and Hindoo Ladies'. Volume 1 takes readers from England to Bombay via France, Italy, Malta, and Egypt.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.
Robinson 14; Abbey Travel II 521
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.

FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. 8vo pp. [xvi] 429; xii 400. (lacks a half-title) in vol. 2). Bound with six tinted aquatint plates by J. Clark after drawings by Col. Elwood and the author. Bound in modern quarter calf over marbled boards; raised bands in gilt and black leather title labels and new endpapers: a nice clean and bright copy. The Elwoods traveled in a Takhtrouan or Palaquin, sailing in Cangais, Dhows, and Patte and living in tents, Caravanserais, and Durrumsallahs through France to Italy Alexandria, up the Nile to Kinne, across the Red Sea to Bombay. The return trip was by sea via Ceylon and The Cape. Includes appendices with detailed itineraries and costs etc. The plates include views of Takhtrouan, Abadiah in the Desert of the Thebaid, Yambo, and Mountains near Medina. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Takhtrouan. 2. Adabiah in the Desert of the Thebaid. 3. Yambo and Mountains in the vicinity of Medina. 4. Mocha. Volume 2. 5. Mosque of Goolam Ali, at Kerah. 6. Hill Fort of Bhoojia.