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Sport on the Nilgiris and in Wynaad - F. W. F. Fletcher

1911 - Macmillan &, London - First Edition
‘Fletcher introduces both the terrain and the history of the Nilgiris and Wynaad regions in India, then provides big game chapters on a species-by-species basis. Each of these chapters features not only the natural history of the animals, but also the author's experiences hunting them. Included are chapters devoted to elephant, tiger, leopards, bison, beer, tahr, ibex, sambur, and other deer species.

Fletcher switched from a .450 rifle to a .600 Jeffery: “
In cold blood the recoil from his rifle is somewhat severe; but in the excitement of shooting it is not noticeable.”’ - Czech.

Illustrated with 18 plates, and folding coloured map as frontispiece.
 
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Culinary Jottings: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles - Colonel Kenney-Herbert Wyvern

1885 - Higginbotham &, Madras - Fifth Edition
A scarce example of this popular cook book by ‘Wyvern’, expanded and revised from the first edition (’Culinary Jottings for Madras)published seven years earlier. All early editions are scarce because being a working cook book it is prone to all the usual issues that modern cookbooks are also in danger of, combined with the original cheap paper and glues used for its production in Madras.

With numerous chapters including two on ‘
Our Curries’ and ‘Curries and Mulligatunny’, as well as ‘Camp Cookery’, ending with a fascinating essay about the British kitchens of India.

Recipes include helpful hints and advice, for example ‘
Potted Prawns ought to be oftener seen at Madras than they are’ and suggestions on where to purchase the best potted meats, anecdotes (see ‘Mulligatunny’), a complete chapter titled ‘Notes on Curing of Meat’.

Published by legendary Indian book sellers Higginbotham’s, this work and other titles by ‘Wyvern’ ‘swept Higginbotham’s from being just a book establishment into becoming a part of India’s print and publishing history’ [
Bangalore Mirror] 
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Voyage dans les Mers de l'Inde - Guillaume Joseph Le Gentil de la Galaisi

1779 - Imprimerie Royale, Paris - First Editions
‘Two monumental volumes... crammed with details on astronomy, navigation, and natural history... His descriptions of life in Manila, Pondicherry, and Madagascar are invaluable’ (Dunmore).

A stunning set In contemporary bindings and illustrated with twenty seven folding copper engravings showing two world maps, maps charts and plans of Eastern and Western Philippines, Bay of Manila, Philippine Harbours, Manilla, Madagascar and it’s coastline, Isle de France (Mauritius), Isle de Bourbon (Réunion), Quartier S. Denis on Réunion, Eastern and Western Straits of Malacca, and Pondicherry. Together with engraved plates of animals and plant life, the ruins of Pondicherry, pagodas, Indian deities, and charts of comets and constellations.

‘In addition to the scientific details for which the voyage was undertaken, the first volume treats of the manners, customs, and religion or the people of the Malabar Coast and of the astronomy of the Brahmins. The second volume contains elaborate accounts of the Philippine Islands, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Bourbon and their inhabitants, including views and charts of the Philippines. Le Gentil gives details of the Islands, their climate, volcanoes, fertility, fruits, birds, animals, peoples, language, history, and description of Manila, the government, ecclesiastical and civil, commerce, &c.’ (Edwards).
 
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Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt - Mrs. Charles Lushington

1829 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘‘Every evening in the desert, the Lushingtons and their party, which included Lord Elphinstone, late Governor of Bombay, would settle down to a light supper of ‘roast turkey, ham, fowls, mutton in various shapes, curry, rice and potatoes, damson tart and a pudding; madeira, claret, sherry, port and... beer; ... almonds and raisins, watermelons, pumplenose (grapefruit)... and a plum cake’. There were thrilling ‘mummy-openings’ to attend in Thebes, balls in Cairo, and soirées in Naples and Paris. In fact the experience, said Mrs Lushington, was decidedly not to be missed.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Judging from the frontispiece illustration, it seems the camels may have also benefited from the leftovers of the Lushington’s ‘light suppers’.

A handsomely bound copy of Sarah Lushington’s entertaining and informative account of her journey from Calcutta to Europe, with notes on route, itinerary, and the necessities of travel for ladies intending to brave the ‘Overland Route’ from India to England.

With chapters detailing many of Mrs Lushington’s experiences in Bombay, Luxor, Cairo, the Nile, Syracuse, Naples, and Rome, among others, and featuring an engraved frontispiece of ‘The Tukhte Rowan in the Desert’.
 
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Dainty Confections: 400 Splendid Recipes for Puddings, Bread, Cakes and Sweets - Mrs. A. K. Alicia Shelton

1918 - Thacker, Calcutta - First Edition
Rather scarce first edition of this wonderful mixture of British, Indian, and Anglo-Indian desert recipes, in publisher’s original binding showing the Memsahib in her pinny, stirring a pot - possibly Alicia’s Indian recipe for coconut pudding? (see page 27) or Turkish Delight (page 163)... 
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The Hatha-Yoga Pradipika of Swatmaram Swami. Published with the original text and its commentary - Svatmaram, Shrinivas Iyangar (translator)

1893 - Tookaram Tatya for the Theosophical Publication Fund, Bombay - First Edition in English
The first English translation, published with the original Sanskrit text and its commentary.

The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā (or Light on Hatha Yoga) is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, who connects the teaching's lineage to Matsyendranath of the Nathas. It is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga, and is one of three classic texts on hatha yoga, alongside the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.
 
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Among the Kara-Korum Glaciers in 1925 - Jenny Visser-Hooft, PH. C. Visser

1926 - Edward Arnold &, London - First Edition
The second Dutch expedition to the Karakoram, by Jenny Visser-Hooft (1888-1939) a respected Dutch explorer and mountaineer, variously Honorary Member of the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society and the Ducth Alpine Club, and Vice-President of the Ladies’ Alpine Club in London. Together with her husband Dr. Philip Visser (1882-1955), a distinguished Dutch diplomat and mountain explorer who unravelled many Karakoram glacier puzzles.

After the war the Visser-Hoofts moved to Stockholm, and a grand total of four expeditions to the Karakoram Glaciers soon followed, during which time the couple became first-hand experts on ‘one of the most difficult fields of exploration on earth’; that great, inaccessible watershed between the Hindu Kush and the Hunza Valley. Jenny took charge of botany and general planning, relishing the long marches through hazardous scrac and rotten ice or along blady, unknown mountain ridges, and by the 1930’s the Visser-Hoofts and that other climbing partnership the Workmans had effectively filled in most of the blank spaces on the Karakoram map’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women.

First edition, illustrated with 25 full page photographic plates one single page map an done folding map to the rear.
 
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The Traveller in Asia - Priscilla Wakefield

1817 - Darton, London - First Edition
This lovely little book is the final title of Priscilla Wakefield’s fictional travel series, for the purpose of educating children, and based upon the narrative of Arthur Middleton. Illustrated with a colour folding map.

‘In the book Arthur Middleton travels around India and visits China with his impressions and experiences recorded in a journal format. He makes an acquaintance with a Mr Melville who accompanies him on part of the journey and asks Arthur to take charge of his nephew Charles Melville who is fourteen. Arthur and his new companion Charles continue the journey and Priscilla begins to include into the text letters from Charles to his sister Adele. The visit to China at the end of the book is brief in comparison to the volume of information about India. At the end of the book Arthur returns Charles to his uncle and plans his return to England.’ -
Priscilla Wakefield., Travels in Juvenile Literature (Blog). 
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