Verses Written in India - Sir Alfred Lyall 1889 - Kegan Paul, London - First Edition ‘Here, in this mystical India, the deities hover and swarm,
Like the wild bees heard in the tree-tops, or the gusts of a gathering storm...’

A collection of twenty-four sentimental verses by Sir Alfred Lyall, and signed from him on the front free endpaper, elegantly bound by Rivière & Son.

Sir Alfred Lyall (1796-1865) was a British civil servant, philosopher, editor, clergyman and traveller. He first arrived in Calcutta in 1856, and served a long career in the Indian Civil Service.
  Provenance: From the library of Pandeli Ralli, with his bookplate. Ralli (1845-1928) was born in Marseilles, France, the son of Thomas Stephen Ralli (of the Ralli Brothers, the successful expatriate Greek merchants) and Marouko Argenti. After graduating from King’s College London, Pandeli served as Liberal Member of Parliament for both Bridport and Wallingford, held the offices of Justice of the Peace for Surrey and Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.

Peerage, web. Durand, The Life of Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall 1913.

(Binding size 16x10.1cm), pp. vi 138.
  Bound by Rivière and Son, in full red morocco, twin gilt fillet border enclosing triple gilt fillet border with decorative motif to corners, spine in six panels, titled and decorated in gilt, inner dentelles gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, hint of rubbing to extremities, miniscule bump to lower front corner, a couple of early pages minutely spotted.   Ref: 107153   Price: HK$ 3,000