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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest
(1750 - 1827)

A picturesque tour along the rivers of Ganges and Yamuna in India

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest, A Picturesque Tour Along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India: Consisting of twenty-four highly finished and coloured views, a map, and vignettes, from original drawings made on the spot; with illustrations, historical and descriptive by Lieutenant-Colonel Forrest, late on the staff of His Majesty's service in Bengal, London: R Ackermann, 1824

iv, [2], title page with hand-coloured aquatint vignette on title; folding black and white engraved map of The Valley of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers, 192 pages including 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Thomas Sutherland and G Hunt after Forrest, hand-coloured aquatint vignette at end of the text; original red cloth binding with blind-tooled floral pattern at the front and back boards along with gilt title on the front board, all edges gilt, rebacked; This is an extra-large special copy preserved in modern customised (with toggles) book box of Robert & Maria Travis.
41 x 33 x 3.5 cm
44 x 35 x 4.5 cm (solander box)

1. Vignette title page - Tomb at Jeswunthnagarh, on the Jumna River / 2. Hindoo Pagodas below Barrackpore on the Ganges / 3. Hindoo Village on the Ganges near Ambooah / 4. Ghaut of Cutwa on the Ganges / 5. Part of the City of Moorshedabad, ancient capital of Bengal / 6. Mountains of Rajemahal / 7. The Motee Girna, or Falls in the Rajemahal Hills / 8. The Rock of Colgong and part of the village / 9. Ancient Tomb at the confluence of the Boglipore Nulla and the Ganges / 10. A Village on the Ganges above Boglipore / 11. The Fakeer's Rock at Janguira near Sultanguni / 12. Village and Pagoda below Patna Azimabad on the Ganges / 13. Hindoo Ghaut on the Ganges below Benares / 14. City of Benares from the Ganges / 15. Sacred Tank and Pagoda near Benares / 16. Mahomedan Mosque and Tomb near Benares / 17. The Indian Fort of Chunargurh on the Ganges / 18. Raj Ghaut and Fort of Allahabad, at the confluence of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers / 19. Tombs of Etaya in the Dooab on the Jumna River / 20. Surseya Ghaut, Khanpore / 21. City of Lucknow, Capital of Province of Oude on the Goomty River / 22. Palace of the King of Delhi, taken from the principal Mosque / 23. The Cuttus Minar in the Ruins of Ancient Delhi / 24. Grand Gateway and Tomb of the Emperor Acber at Secundra / 25. The Taje Mahal, Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan and his Queen / 26. Sicre Gully Pass between Bengal and Bahar. (Small vignette view below the last page of text.)

One of the most beautiful books on India relating the journey from Calcutta to Delhi made in 1807 by Lieutenant Colonel Forrest, posted in Bengal (since 1802), along the Ganges and the Jumna, accompanied by forty men and two hundred servants. The very beautiful views that accompany the text represent the monuments, sites and villages visited: Moorshedabad, the mountains of Rajemahal, Motee Girna, Colgong, Janguira, Benares, tombs, Lucknow, the palace of the King of Delhi, the Taj Mahal.

From the Collection of Robert and Maria Travis (bookplate on the front pastedown)
Lot 78, Bloomsburys Auctions, 'Travel Books from the Collection of Robert & Maria Travis', 2007
Acquired from the above
Important Private Collection, New Delhi

Reference: J R Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, p. 441


  Lot 37 of 100  

4-5 MAY 2022


Category: Books


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