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ARCHER, Edward Caulfield.
Tours in Upper India, and in Parts of the Himalaya Mountains;
London: Richard Bentley,, 1833. 2 volumes octavo. Original green cloth-backed drab boards, paper labels to the spines. Half-titles present. A little rubbed and soiled on the boards, string-notches to the fore-edges, labels slightly chipped, cloth of lower hinge of volume I just split at the head, foxing to the endpapers and fore-edge, text-block just a touch toned, but overall a very good copy indeed. First edition. Late in 1827 Stapleton Cotton, Lord Combermere, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, undertook an extensive tour of Northern India on which Archer, a major in the 16th Lancers, accompanied him as aide de camp. "Archer's journal describes the detailed ceremonies of official visits to the King of Oudh, the Rajah of Bharatpur and the King of Delhi. Amongst the description of official inspection of troops and fortifications, he added superb stories of the history associated with the numerous locales, of the best of Mughal architecture, and about the richness of the agrarian landscape. In the course of this eighteen-month period, he participated in four tours including visits to Lucknow, Agra, Delhi, and Simla. Archer's narrative offers an important view of the state of Upper India at the close of the 1820s" (Riddick). Archer was the father of Fanny Parkes, who wrote Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque Â… (1850) another, and perhaps better known, account of the region. An exceptionally preserved copy of this important record. Riddick, Glimpses 68; Yakushi A83 [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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