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Indian Recreations; consisting chiefly of - TENNANT, William, Rev - 1804. 
Frontis. port. of the author & five hand-colored engraved plates (each with some offsetting). xxiv, 404 pp.; vii, 426 pp., one leaf of directions to the binder. Two vols. 8vo, a most unusual cont. binding of blond calf ("veau tigrÃ©") stained in diagonal, somewhat irregular, bands in contrasting colors of dark green & dark brown with tree calf mottling (some foxing), gilt border round each sides, flat spines nicely gilt, black morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: C. Stewart, 1804. "The second edition, enlarged and corrected." An extremely pretty set in a very unusual decorated binding. Tennant (1758-1813), "one of his Majesty's Chaplains in India," due to his extended sojourn there, had become one of the leading English-language experts on the sub-continent. He has provided a complete account of the natural resources of the country (much on mining and minerals including diamond mines), agriculture, the cultivation of the mulberry for silk, the indigo plant Indigosera tinctoria, the manufacture of opium and tobacco, economic activity, the transportation system, social classes, education, religion, Indian medical arts, native sports, etc., etc., etc. Fine set from the library of Jean Viardot (who had a real "eye" for the unusual). A supplementary volume was published four years later (it is rarely present).
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