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Album of 48 Indian Watercolors Painted on Mica
1 Album of 48 Indian Watercolors Painted on Mica
Full Leather Good 
Wonderful folk art-ish paintings of Indian musicians, craftsmen, dancers, etc. 8vo. 22.5 by 18.5 cm. 12 leaves, with four paintings mounted onto the rectos of each of these leaves. Mica painting has a long tradition as a technique for artists to trace existing works. The type of mica paintings here, representing occupations, ceremonies and artistic performances, were made exclusively for European patrons, most typically, employees of the East India Company, as momentos of their time in India. (See M. Archer, "Company Paintings, Indian Paintings of the British Period", published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, pp. 193-201.) The leaves are thick, almost of a card stock, yet heavily toned and verging on brittle. The paintings were mounted with a glue which unsurprisingly left an impression visible behind the clear mica. A number of the paintings had become detached and were remounted, and generally the paintings are just loosely attached and without care any of them could become loose. The leather binding is scuffed and has a good amount of rubbing, especially along the edges, and a few abrasions. The boards, which are original, are of morocco, while the spine is from a rebacking and is a calf. Nonetheless, the match between the two works rather well. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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2 Johnston's Travelling Map of India
Edinburgh Johnston 1857 Blindstamped cloth. Very Good 
Scarce. No copies listed on OCLC! Open, the folded map is 66 by 56 cm. Closes to 17 by 10 cm. Mounted on linen, with 24 sections. Some hand-coloring. Key provides information on British territories, subject and protected states and independent states, plus railway and military stations. Small inset text section with a guide to Indian terminology. Publisher's ads on endpapers. Blindstamped, gilt-stamped cover with some soiling. Joints have close tearing at extremities. Fraying of cloth by joints. Map is in lovely condition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Manuscript Translated Copy of the Seal of an Indian King, with writing in reverse
3 Manuscript Translated Copy of the Seal of an Indian King, with writing in reverse
Very Good 
A folded card, with a velvet fabric as backing, and fine calligraphic penwork writing on the front -- the writing is so neat that one's first impression is bound to be that the piece is printed! Measuring, when open or unfolded, 18.5 by 11 cm., with folding crease running the center horizontally. The Indian king whose seal is the inspiration was Tippoo Saib (or Tippoo Sultan, Tipu Sultan, etc.), king of Mysore and just about the last ruler on the Indian subcontinent entirely independent of the British. Pioneering the use of rocket artillery, he was initially successful in the Anglo-Mysore wars against the East India Company. However, in 1799 his capital was sacked and he himself was killed. Later, a Captain Peter Rainier, a Royal Navy Captain, copied the king's official seal sometime in the 1810s or 20s. Rainier then gave his copy to another Naval officer, John Kingdom. Kingdom created this curiosity, doing the mirror writing. For his translation into English, he relied on Oxford Hebrew Professor Regius Nicoll. Below the rendering of the seal are three paragramps that tell the story of the seal. Inked below Kingdom's work is a presentation inscription dated 1850 from Kingdom to a surgeon, Charles Fowler. We see this piece as an intriguing curiosity, and surely its creator was also intrigued, and wished to play with the mystery surrounding the seal. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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4 The Hindu Annual 1929.
Madras December, 1929 Wraps Good 
Extremely scarce, with the only copy of this annual listed on OCLC First Search in the British Library. The annual, according to the British Library entry, ran from 1926 until 1931, and the only holder of any of these, as far as we could discover, is the British Library. Folio, 37 by 25 cm. Unpaginated, 68 leaves, or 136 pages, plus covers. With many black and white photos, and some color, of architecture, art, Indian people, etc.The big question hovering over India at the time was of course the relationship of the subcontinent with Britain, and the Annual was most definitely in the camp of pushing for greater Indian autonomy while not calling for a complete breakaway. Many of the articles within it were authored by Britons, but as one of the writers describes herself, "Indianophiles", and these Brits were more aligned with the Labour Party and a generally more progressive outlook. The Annual, while emphasizing issues, concerns and developments in India, was something of a general interest magazine, and so there is an article on prohibition in the United States. Among the fascinating articles is one entitled "Astrologer" by K. Nagarajan. This is a short story about village life and marriage between its richest man who despite outliving three wives, has no sons and the beautiful daughter of a penniless Brahmin who was thought to have no prospects. Every detail of the story provides a window onto Indian customs and culture in a way that might not apply in a story of indisputably greater literature. Yet another article tells the story of the Indian servant to the English Bishop of Calcutta. There are also pieces on art and music, and these are not confined to parochial Indian creations. If one were to sum up the overall tenor of the annual, it is cosmopolitan in its outlook while never losing anchoring in Indian life, and the annual consistently seeks to reconcile East with West, while not subsuming the East in the West. Advertisements within are also of great interest, in our view. They document a wide range of Indian enterprises, as well as multinationals operating in India, mostly those operating or based in Madras. A few that tickled our curiosity include one for harmoniums, which touts one with reeds best suited for Tami, Teluga and South Indian tunes, Condition: large chip on front cover and first leaf afterward, about an inch, or 3.5 cm, in height, 2.5 cm at widest, and other creases and signs of wear on the cover, front and back. Chips on spine extremities. Interior clean and devoid of issues. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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5 Gold, Charles Oriental Drawings sketched between the years 1791 and 1798 by Captain Charles Gold, of the detachment of Royal Artillery, serving in India at that period.
London G. and W. Nicoll (spelled on the plates with one "l"). Printed by Bunney and Co. 1806 Half Leather, Marbled Boards Very Good Minus 
Folio, 34.5 by 27.5 cm. Only 25 of 49 hand-colored aquatint plates, but including several of the most interesting of plates, including the Cattamarans -- possibly the earliest depiction of surfing -- a Gentoo Zealot, Snake-Men, Plates are watermarked 1798 to 1801. (A few bear no date.) Abbey Travel 428. Rebacked, with most of original spine preserved and laid on (missing lower compartment). The surviving spine is rubbed, cracked and dry, but nonetheless a plus to have. Marbled boards are rubbed and worn. Corners are heavily rubbed and abraded. Hinges restored. Scattered light soiling, and a few minor closed tears. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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[Broadside] An Oriental Drama.  Something New.  Neither a Lecture Nor an Address.  Melville Ellsworth Osborne, S. T. B. Representing Committee on Conservation and Advance.  Play Writer - Traveler - Lecturer - Evangelist - Soloist - Actor.  Twenty-five Years' Thrilling Experiences Himalayan Mountains.  Specialties -- Weird Indian Songs - Fascinating Instrumental Music -- Fifty Gorgeous Costumed Characters -- Caste System Exposed -- Hindu Customs Vividly Portrayed -- Mass Movement Scenes -- Religious Victory Yells . . ., Osborne, Melville Ellsworth
6 Osborne, Melville Ellsworth [Broadside] An Oriental Drama. Something New. Neither a Lecture Nor an Address. Melville Ellsworth Osborne, S. T. B. Representing Committee on Conservation and Advance. Play Writer - Traveler - Lecturer - Evangelist - Soloist - Actor. Twenty-five Years' Thrilling Experiences Himalayan Mountains. Specialties -- Weird Indian Songs - Fascinating Instrumental Music -- Fifty Gorgeous Costumed Characters -- Caste System Exposed -- Hindu Customs Vividly Portrayed -- Mass Movement Scenes -- Religious Victory Yells . . .
NA Very Good 
Promotion for a seemingly versatile performance artist before there was such a term! N.d., probably 1923, or otherwise 1917. 46 by 32 cm. Back when lectures were like today's performance art. Osborne would appear to have worked the church lecture circuit. Here, written in ink at the bottom, is scrawled that the performance was going to be at the Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 24th. Since there are records of Osborne touring in the early 1920s, we presume the date of this performance would have been 1923, in which year July 24th did fall on a Tuesday. Otherwise, 1917 would be our next bet. Osborne was the son of missionaries, and it would seem he would capitalize on his exposure to Indian culture to create this roadshow of his. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The European in India; From a Collection of Drawings, By Charles Doyley, Esq.  Engraved by J. H. Clark and C. Dubourg; With a Preface and Copious Descriptions, By Captain Thomas Williamson;  Accompanied with A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, From the Earliest Periods of Antiquity to the Terminbation of the Late Mahratta War, By F. W. Blagdon, Esq., Williamson, Captain Thomas and F. W. Blagdon, respectively.  Artist:  Charles Doyley
7 Williamson, Captain Thomas and F. W. Blagdon, respectively. Artist: Charles Doyley The European in India; From a Collection of Drawings, By Charles Doyley, Esq. Engraved by J. H. Clark and C. Dubourg; With a Preface and Copious Descriptions, By Captain Thomas Williamson; Accompanied with A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India, From the Earliest Periods of Antiquity to the Terminbation of the Late Mahratta War, By F. W. Blagdon, Esq.
London Edward Orme 1813 First Edition Full Straight-Grained Morocco, Decorated with a Gi Very Good Plus 
4to. 27 by 21 cm. 149, [9] pp. 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Abbey Travel 440. Tooley 184. As the title makes clear, this is about the collision of colonizer and colonized, and the more personal experience of the Englishman in India, with its people, its sights and sounds. Although stereotypes and prejudices abound, the text is told with a light touch, as it was meant to entertain as well as inform, and the plates truly allow us to see India through the eyes of a Regency gentleman. Lovely contemporary red straight-grained morocco binding, with gilt Greek key border, blindstamped band of palmetto within that, a spine of raised bands and elaborate gilt tracery. Some rubbing and scuffs to the leather, but still very attractive. Occasional finger smudging and other soiling but overall, clean and bright within. 
Price: 4800.00 USD
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