1850 Wanderings of a Pilgrim, in Search of the Picturesque , During Four-And-twenty Years in the East; with Revelations of Life in the Zenana
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
Scarce in the original cloth. The illustrations to this work are from drawings by the author,her friends and Indian artists. This work is based on the journal Fanny kept for her mother during her time in India and it focuses on the Indian people and their culture. Parkes revelled in travelling to the parts of India that were not overtaken with British society. Everywhere that Parkes visited, she sketched and several of her sketches feature in this book. The Oxford DNB notes that Parkes 'admired the dignity and grace of Indian life, in which she considered European ways were often an ugly intrusion. Although an Anglican, she was sceptical about attempts at religious conversion'. This work also shows Parkes' observations regarding the zenana which she managed to experience as her friend Colonel William Gardner married a Muslim princess. Collated, incomplete. Lacking 24 of the plates. Remaining plates are all monochrome sketches. Remaining plates are Nos. 3, 9, 10, 11, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 36, 38, 41, 43, 47, 48 and 49. With the elevation of the Himalaya to the pocket at the rear of volume I. With the bookplate of Henry Crossley Irwin to the front pastedown of both volumes. Crossley Irwin was an author of 'The Garden of India, or Chapters on Oudh History and Affairs'.
In the original blue cloth bindings with gilt stamping to the boards and spines. Externally, bumped to the extremities and to the head and tail of spines. Loss to the head and tail of spines due to bumping and lifting. Small split in the cloth at the rear joint to volume I. Front joint and hinge to volume II are tender. Front hinge to volume I has failed with the backstrip lifting from textblock. Endpapers to volume I are detached but present. Internally, binding is strained and tender in places. Pages 367-368 and 384 to volume II are detached but present. Page 144 and 150 to volume I are detached but present. Lacking title page to vol II. Pages are generally bright with just the occasional scattered spots, heavier to the plates.
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