FITZCLARENCE, George Augustus Frederick.
Journal of a route across India, through Egypt, to England in the latter end of the year 1817, and the beginning of 1818.
Thomas Davison for John Murray,, London, 1819 - 4to. Contemporary calf with blind-tooled border and gilt fillet along the edges, edges marbled, marbled endpapers. With a large folding partly coloured map of the seat of war in India, a full-page map of Egypt with the route through the desert and down the Nile taken by Fitzclarence to reach Alexandria, 12 full-page aquatints (9 coloured, 2 uncoloured) and 5 full-page plans (4 partly coloured plans of battlefields in India; 1 of a temple). XXIV, 502 [including p. 168-169*] pp. First and only edition of this interesting account by Georg Augustus Federick Fitzclarence (1794-1842) relating his experiences at the battlefields of India and his journey overland via Egypt back to England. The plates among other things Indian soldiers in their respective uniforms, views of Petta, Hattras the fort of Diah Ram, A Khanga on the river Nile, Interior of a chamber cut in the rock at the base of the Great Pyramid, and some gold ornaments worn by the women of Timbuktoo.Fitzclarence, Major-general, President of the Royal Asiatic Society and since 1830 Earl of Munster, was the eldest son of the Duke of Clarence, afterwards William IV by Mrs. Jordan. After a successful military career, he was transferred to the 24th light dragoons then in India. Under command of the Marquis of Hastings, Fitzclarence was involved in the campaigns against the Mahrattas of 1816-17. When peace was signed with the Maharajah Scindiah, dispatches were sent to England both via the sea route and by an overland route. Fitzclarence was entrusted with the latter. Fitzclarence started from the western frontier of Bundelkund, the furthest point reached by the grand army on 7 December 1817 and crossed first India, went from Bombay to Kosseir, Egypt. He witnessed the defeat of the Pindarrees by General Doveton and visited the Ellora caves. Also the East Indian Company is mentioned and stories told about piracy of the coast of Malabar. In Egypt he explored the pyramids with Mr Salt and Giovanni Belzoni, just after the important discoveries the had made and excavations they had executed - Fitzclarence's work being a valuable account of their discoveries -, descended the Nile and reached London via Alexandria and Malta on 16 June 1818. His account of this journey has been described "as exhibiting much observation, and containing some curious plates of Indian military costumes of the day from sketches by the author" (DNB). Re-backed, covers rubbed, lacking half-title, errata leaf, leaf with directions to the binder and last leaf with imprint. An interesting account. Abbey, Travel 519; Blackmer 597; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe 2025; Tooley, Coloured Plates 222. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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