[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.
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.
Rattray, James. Scenery, Inhabitants, & Costumes, of Afghaunistan. London: Hering & Remington. 1848.
Rattray, James (1848) Scenery, Inhabitants, & Costumes, of Afghaunistan. London: Hering & Remington.
Rattray, James, Scenery, Inhabitants, & Costumes, of Afghaunistan. London: Hering & Remington. 1848.