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GOLDSMID, Sir Frederic John.
Eastern Persia. An Account Of The Journeys Of The Persian Boundary Commission 1870-71-72.
London: Macmillan & Co.,, 1876. 2 volumes, octavo (220 x 148 mm). Recent half calf by Trevor Lloyd, red and green contrasting labels, flat bands with single rule, double fillet panels to compartments, arabesque cornerpieces, central lozenge tool, marbled sides, top edge gilt. Volume I with steel-engraved frontispiece and chromolithographic plate, 3 folding coloured maps, illustration and genealogical tables to the text; volume II, hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece, heightened with gum arabic, printed by Mintern Bros. after drawings by Keulemans and 17 other similar plates, birds and mammals, together with 10 other uncoloured plates of reptiles after G. H. Ford, illustrations to the text, folding coloured map. A narrow tidemark of hygroscopic damping at the head of the frontispiece of volume II, image unaffected, light browning to the text and plates in general, but overall a clean set, handsomely bound. First edition of this highly important account of the region compiled from the records kept by the members of the Commission sent to establish the delimitation of the disputed border between Persia and Baluchistan. Goldsmid, the commissioner, had established a reputation for himself as an officer of considerable intelligence and resource. While serving in the first Opium War (1840-1) as a soldier of the army of the East India Company, Goldsmid had begun studying oriental languages "for which he showed a marked faculty" (ODNB). He was subsequently involved in the settlement of the annexation of Sind; attached to the Turkish contingent in the Crimea, "and during the [I … [Click Below for Full Description]
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