London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
ATKINSON, James (1780-1852). Sketches in Afghaunistan. London: Henry Graves, 1842. 2° (540 x 370 mm). Tinted lithographic title, lithographic dedication leaf, one leaf of descriptive text printed in blue, and 25 tinted lithographic plates by Louis and Charles Haghe. (Approximately half the plates spotted, mostly confined to margins, but a few heavier and into image, one plate with dust-soiled margins, one plate with short marginal tear but without loss.) Contemporary green quarter morocco (gutta percha perished and the whole loose). Provenance: Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899, armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. Atkinson, a doctor by training and an accomplished Persian scholar, had accompanied the army of the Indus on its march to Kabul and returned to Bengal in 1841 before the massacre of the army of occupation. These illustrations were to accompany his narrative of the journey into what was then a little-known country. Abbey Travel 508; Colas 173; Lipperheide Ld 31; Tooley 73.
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