SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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HARDINGE, Hon. Charles Stewart.
Recollections of India.

London: Thomas McLean, 1847.
Abbey Travel II 472; Bobins 252.
London: Thomas McLean, 1847.

FIRST EDITION. Preface, dedication. 2 parts in one volume. Part I: British India and the Punjab; Part II: Kashmir and the Alpine Punjab. Folio, 26 hand-coloured tinted lithographed plates, all mounted on card, on guards, in original publisher's green cloth with half morocco, gilt morocco label to upper board, ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt and with raised bands in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Hinges and corners rubbed, MS dedication to title page: 'J.Gladstone from his affectionate Thomas Bateson (?), January 1849'. Some foxing throughout. The author was a good painter of watercolours. In 1847 his friends in England published a folio entitled 'Recollections in India' from his drawings in India. The most interesting of these are portraits of Sikh chieftains and scenery views in Kashmir (then an almost unknown country). Coloured plates in order: Part I. 1. Frontispiece. Portrait of Maharajah Dhulip Sing. 2. Barackpore. 3. Return from Hog-Hunting. 4. Delhi. Palace of the King. 5. View from the Palace and Fort at Agra. 6. Jama Musjid Agra. 7. [Battle of] Firozshuhur. 8. British Outpost in Advance of Rhodawala. 9. Entry of the Maharajah Dhulip Sing into Lahore, accompanied by British troops' escort. 10. Shah Dhera; Tomb of the Emperor Jehangir. 11. Hazari Bagh. Part of the Citadel and Palace of Lahore. 12. Sikh Soldiers receiving their pay at the Royal Durbar [Lahore]. 13. Rajah Lal Sing. Part II. 14. Frontispiece. Sketch of the Life of Maharajah Gulab Sing. 15. [Fortress of] Kote Kangra. 16. Rope Bridge of Jhula across the Chunab River. 17. Poormandal. 18. Oodampore. 19. Hill Fort of Gulab Sing. 20. Jamu. 21. Bij-Beara between Islamabad and the City of Kashmir. 22. Shupeyan Fort. 23. City of Kashmir. 24. City of Kashmir and Fort of Hurry Purbut. 25. The Wulur Lake. 26. The Sheik Imam-Ud-Din / Runjur Sing, and Dewan Dina Nath.