1821 A Visit to Madras; Being a Sketch of the Local and Characteristic Peculiarities of that Presidency in the Year 1811
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Rebound, Scarce
This first edition work is comprised of three anonymously authored letters - widely attributed to Sir James Prior - addressed to Robert Calderwood, discussing the customs and spiritual makeup of the people of Madras.
With discusses of bazaars, roads, the army and navy, and the hookah.
To the rear of the work, as is customary, appears the eleven page 'Letter from Africa, by Signor Travideani, or Aveiro to Canova, the Sculptor'. Locations referred to in this letter include the great Pyramids, Galilee, Heliopolis and the Nile.
This letter is dated December 17th, 1818. While it has a separate pagination, the letter has no title page and begins on the verso of the final leaf of the preceding work.
An excellent first edition of this scarce work.
Rebound, in a quarter calf binding with marbled paper covered boards, and endpapers renewed. Externally, fine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright, with light spotting to page perimeters.
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