India and Its Native Princes: Travels in Central India and in the Presidencies of Bombay and Bengal. Carefully revised and edited by Lieut.-Col. Buckle - Louis Rousselet 1878 - Bickers and Son, London - First Edition, Second Printing The English translation of French traveller Rousselet’s 'L'Inde des Rajas' (1875), being an account of his time in India between 1864 and 1868, filled with 317 engravings based on hundreds of his own photographs many of which are full page, together with six maps.

Uncommon to find this large volume in such nice condition and without restoration or rebind, showing the magnificent intricately decorated covers at their best.
  Louis-Theophile Marie Rousselet, was a French writer, photographer and traveller, known for pioneering darkroom photography. Rousselet was in India from 1864 to 1870 and was only 18 when he arrived, travelling, hunting and spending time with Indian princes in their courts, most of his time was spent in central India. In this account, he narrates his views on the different aspects of life in India. The book was originally published in French in 1875, with most, if not all, engraved illustrations from his own photographs. He learnt photography while in Baroda and many of the plates are based on his photographs.

Provenance: From the library of Leopold de Rothschild CVO of Buckinghamshire (1845-1917), prominent banker and thoroughbred race horse breeder, with his engraved bookplate.

Large quarto (book size 28x36x7cm), pp. [2] xviii 579 [1].In publisher’s red pebbled cloth, spine and upper boards lettered and intricately decorated in black and gilt, rear board matching the front decorations in blind, yellow coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, mostly unopened some light foxing to one or two plates, spine with minor soiling and short tears to head and tail, minor rubbing to corners, some soiling to endpapers.   Ref: 111872   Price: HK$ 20,000