Sketches in Afghaunistan


Sketches in Afghaunistan.

London, Graves, 1842

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The rare deluxe issue with the illustrations printed on fine paper and mounted on card.

One of the classic illustrated books on Afghanistan. The plates include fine views of Kabul, Ghuznee, Kwettah, etc. and the work provides a valuable pictorial record of what was then an unexplored country

Accomplished in literature and art, both a scholar and a popular writer, James Atkinson (1780-1852) was a pioneer of oriental research. He had originally studied medicine and it was in this capacity that in 1838 he was appointed superintending surgeon to the army of the Indus, and accompanied it on its march to Kabul. Fortunately for him, he was relieved shortly after the surrender of Dost Mohammad, and, returning to Bengal in 1841, escaped the fate which awaited the army of occupation.


First edition. Large folio 57x 46.5 cm. approx., title-page vignette and 25 lithographs all hand coloured and mounted on card as issued, complete with list of plates printed in blue, a fine fresh copy, original dark red half morocco portfolio, morocco lettering piece to upper cover, an excellent example.


Abbey Travel, 508; Colas 173; Lipperheide 1493; Tooley 73.


Stock ID: 91899