[Scenery, Inhabitants, & Costumes, of Afghaunistan] Costumes of the various tribes, portraits of ladies of rank, celebrated princes and chiefs, views of the principal fortresses and cities, and interior of the cities and temples of Afghaunistaun. From original drawings by James Rattray.


Date: 1848



Set against the background of the First Afghan War in 1838- part of a strategy to contain Russian expansion, the illustrations contain very some fine native portraits as well as those of Emir Dost Mohammid and the (pro British) Shah Suja. The work is dedicated to the Kandahar force and its late General William Nott, under whom Rattrey served.

The finest illustrated book on Afghanistan. This important book shows the Afghan people as both exotic and attractive. The views include Kandahar, Kabul and Lugdulluk, the scene of the destruction of Elphinstone's forces.

Large folio, hand colored lithographed title page, together with 29 finely hand colored plates on 25 leaves, each with descriptive letterpress.

30 (i. e. 34) p. 30 col. plates (incl. front.) on 26 leaves. 62 cm.


Abbey Travel 513; Bobins I 267; Colas 2489; Lipperheide 1479.

1. Title Page
10. Atmaran" Hindoo of Peshawar
11. Mosque and tomb of the emperor sooltaun Mahmood, of Ghuznee
12. Afghaun foot soldiers in their winter dress
13. Ko-i-staun foot soldiery in summer costume, actively employed among the rocks
14. Fortress of Alimusjid, and the Khybur Pass
15. Chief executioner and assistant, of his majesty the late Shah
16. Mahomed Naib Shurreef, a celebrated Kuzzilbach chief of Caubul, and his peshkhidmut, or head attendant
17. Bala Hissar and city of Kabul, with the British cantonments from the "Ba Maroo" hill. Hostilities commencing.
18. Jaunbauz, or Afghaun cavalry, with horse bearing implements for smoking &c.
19. Town and citadel of Ghuznee
2. Illustrated Title Page - Dourraunnee chieftains in full armour
20. Hyder Khan, the governor of Ghuznee
21. Oosbegs of Mooraud Bey
22. Jugdelluk, the last stand made by General Elphinstone's army in the calamitous retreat
23. Meerz Fyze, an Oosbeg elchee, or ambassador
24. Interior of the city of Kandahar, from the house of the sirdar "Meer Dil Khan" brother of the king of Caubul
25. Ladies of Caubul in their in and out-of-door costume
26. Gool Mahommed Khaun King of the Ghilgies
27. The "Bullock's Hump" and military cantonments, Kandahar
28. Temple of "Ahmed Shauh," King of Afghaunistaun, Kandahar, looked upon as so sacred an edifice, that the vilest criminal seeking protection at its threshold is secure from the hands of justice
29. City of Kandahar, its principle bazaar and citadel, taken from the nakarra khauneh, or royal band room
3. Dost Mahommed King of Caubul and his youngest son
30. Kandahar lady of rank, engaged in smoking
31. Mosque of Goolaum Hoossein Huzrut-jee, a great prophet of the Afghauns, and the tombs of the kings at Kandahar
4. Interior of the palace of Shauh Shujah Ool Moolk, Late King of Cabul
5. Hawkers of the Ko-i-staun. With the valley of Caubul and mountains of Hindoocoosh
6. Encampment of the Kandahar army, under General Nott, outside the walls of Caubul, on the evacuation of Afghaunistaun by the British
7. Ghiljie women of the lower orders
8. Khoja Padshauh, a Ko-i-staun chief, with his armed retainers
9. Kelaut-i-ghiljie

Publisher: London: Hering & Remington




New York Public Library


ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-07-24

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