EDEN, Emily (1797-1869)
Portraits of the Princes & People of India. London: J. Dickinson & Son, 1844.
2° (512 x 355mm). Tinted lithographic title, lithographic list of plates, 24 tinted lithographic plates after Eden. (General light spotting, heavier to title and first and last few plates.) Contemporary green half morocco gilt, spine in six compartments with double raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with central lozenge-shaped arabesque decoration made up of various small tools, gilt edges (scuffed and rubbed).
Emily Eden and her sister Frances accompanied her brother George, the 2nd Baron Auckland, to India in 1835 when he was appointed Governor General. A highly-gifted amateur artist, Emily carefully recorded the people, both high and low, that she encountered during her time in India. She returned with her brother in 1842 when his term of office ended, and the present work (including portraits of Princes, ethnographic studies of various regional peoples, studies of individuals and ending with a portrayal of her brother receiving the Rajah of Nahun) was published shortly afterwards. The DNB notes that, after her return from India, 'She was for many years a member of the best circles of society in London, and her house, Eden Lodge, Upper Gore, Kensington, was frequented by all the celebrities of the day. Her entertainments were morning reunions, her health not permitting her to preside at dinner parties, or to keep late hours.' Not in Abbey.