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Life in Bombay, and the Neighbouring Out-stations
London: Richard Bentley,, 1852. Octavo. Original pinkish morocco-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine stylised floral devices, "Oriental" panelling in gilt and blind to the front board, in blind to the back, pale cream endpapers with advertisements. Two-tint lithographed frontispiece and eleven other similar plates, woodcut to the text, ad. leaf for Bentley's Railway Library bound in before the half-title. Somewhat rubbed, now sympathetically restored on the spine and at the corners, hinges neatly repaired, light browning throughout the plates somewhat more so and with some off-setting to the text, small piece torn from the lower corner of the title page, no loss of text, a very good copy. First edition. Uncommon, just 7 locations on COPAC - BL, NLS, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, SOAS and V & A. "The public has been so long accustomed to contemplate India, either through the magic glass of imagination, as the land of gorgeous palaces and inexhaustible treasures, or through the scarcely less deceptive halo of military glory as the battle-field of contending armies and opposing dynasties; that we feel some serious misgivings, whilst we invite them to survey her with the natural eye, as she really is, in these sober days of peace, when the 'hurly-burly' of our battles lost and won has died away, and all that now is heard to remind us of them, is an occasional; shot resounding through the Khyber Pass, and re-echoed from the far-distant mountains of Affghanistan" (Preface). The author is no doubt sincere, but slightly premature, in his desire to offer a comprehensive view of the Bombay presidency as part of a perfectly pacified India. An excellent descriptive and visual record of the period. Armorial bookplate of John Cornwall and booklabel of John Wolfran Cornwall (1870-1947) to the front pastedown. John Wolfran Cornwall was born in Dehra, India and attended Trinity College, Cambridge, obtaining a BA in 1891 and a MB, BC and MA in 1895. He took his MD in 1900. Cornwall entered the Indian Medical Service in 1896 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He served as Professor of Hygiene at Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, from 1903-1906, and director of the Pasteur Institute of India, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India, from 1906 until his retirement in 1926. In 1927 he was awarded a CIE. The engraved armorial bookplate could belong to either his grandfather, Rear Admiral John Cornwall (1795-1870) or of his uncle John Cornwall (1826-1860). Inked ownership inscription of Augusta Wilder, née Smith, to the front pastedown. An attractive and pleasingly-provenanced copy.
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