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TAYLER, William.
Thirty-eight Years in India. From Juganath to the Himalaya Mountains.
London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1881-2. 2 volumes octavo. Original green-blue decorative cloth, title and pictorial devices in gilt and black to the spines and front boards, drab surface-paper endpapers. Somewhat rubbed and a little soiled, hinges cracked and repaired, consequently mildly shaken, light browning, a few pages clumsily opened, some gatherings unopened, but overall a very good copy. Mounted photographic portrait with facsimile signature as frontispiece to volume II, 18 lithographic plates including portraits of Lords Hardinge and Elphinstone, and Prince Saltykov, 2 wood-engraved plates, and numerous illustrations to the text, many of them full-page. First and only edition, uncommon: Library Hub records just 6 locations, and a copy of volume I only at V & A. Entertaining, and revealing personal memoir of the life of a prominent and controversial Indian civil servant, profusely illustrated from his lively sketches, and with a number of his well-executed portraits of his contemporaries. Tayler (1808-1892), had just begun his studies at Christ Church, Oxford, when he was "unexpectedly offered a writership in the Bengal civil service" (ODNB), being appointed assistant to the commissioner of Cuttack in June 1830. Tayler held a number of posts in Bengal, including that of postmaster-general, before becoming in 1855 commissioner of Patna. "He was competent in Hindustani and Persian; like many district officers, he prided himself on knowing the country and her people and, furthermore, knowing them better than his superiors did. He was a keen amateur dramatist and skilful cari … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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