Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt in the years 1827 and 1828 - 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’.
  ‘Mrs Lushington wrote it to show that one’s quality of life whilst travelling need not suffer too much, even when steaming up the ‘imperfectly surveyed’ Red Sea, or crossing the Syrian desert camel litter. Indeed the eleven-month journey was actually enjoyable – on the whole.’ – Wayward Women.

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

Provenance: from the library of Lord and Lady Raglan, from their personal library at Cefntilla Court, Llanderry, Wales, with their Cefntilla bookplate to the front pastedown.

References: Robinson,
Wayward Women 214.
Octavo (11.5 x 18.5 cm). pp. xii 284 [2].
  Recently rebound in half calf, over marbled boards, re-spined to style retaining original burgundy title label, lettered in gilt.   Condition: Near fine, light spotting to endpapers, in near fine binding, light wear and rubbing to corners and edges of boards.   Ref: 107800   Price: HK$ 5,500