A rare, possibly unique, set, offered as the author states "to my domestic circle, and friends who may be interested".
The author was a member of the military Havelock family, brother of Sir Arthur Havelock. He recounts in considerable detail military and family life, hunting expeditions, visits to historic sites, encounters with society and details of his photographic methods including his preference for collodion over dry-plate negatives and other successes and failures. almost all of the photographs are his own work, most printed at the time and some re-printed at the time of writing. Occasionally, such as when he visited Ajanta, he notes a portrait taken by another photographer, in this case the reclusive and eccentric Major Gill, who was employed by the East India Company to record paintings in the caves there (see Christie's, London, Visions of India, sale catalogue 5 June 1996, lot 276).
Images include views of tombs at Golconda and Beejapoor; various Havelock residences; Ootacamund, Aurangabad, Ajanta, Hingolee, Daulatabad, Jaina; hunting trophies; numerous portraits of European officers and others of native groups including Havelock's staff and colleagues. Individuals identified include Brig.-Gen. Luansden, Cols. Fagan, Seafield Grant and Hoseason, Majors McDonald, Biden and Gill, Captains Hamilton, Teed, Turton, Shakespeare, Pritchard, Dangerfield, Price, Ottley and Snow, and Doctors Sanderson and Shannon.