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Louis Rousselet
(1845 - 1929)

India and its Native Princes: Travels in Central India and in the residencies of Bombay and Bengal

Louis Rousselet, India and its Native Princes: Travels in Central India and in the Residencies of Bombay and Bengal, London: Chapman and Hall, 1882

xviii and 579 numbered pages including 1 full-page engraved frontispiece, 12 black and white full-page engraved plates, 217 black and white plates, 6 black and white maps, decorative initials at the beginning of each chapter, vocabulary of Indian terms in appendix; original, ornamental red leather cover, gilt-stamped (decorative script and flower-patterns in gold and black), gilt edges
13.9 x 11.6 x 2.1 in (35.5 x 29.5 x 5.5 cm)

Louis-Théophile Marie Rousselet was a French traveller, writer, photographer and pioneer of the darkroom. His photographic work now commands high prices. Many of his drawings and photographs were made into engravings by others.

On June 20, 1864, he boarded the Veetis, an English steamer bound for the east, from Marseilles. He arrived in Bombay in the middle of monsoon in early July, and stayed on in India for six years, travelling the country and photographing his observations. At the end of his travels, he left behind a highly detailed account of his travels in India, its historical monuments, religious beliefs, ancient civilisation, and its diverse people’s customs and manners.

“I had by turns visited the presidency of Bombay, the Deccan, Goojerat, the eighteen independent courts of Rajpootana and Central India, the land of the Bheels, and the Gounds, the Punjab, the Western Himalayas, Hindostan, Audh, Behar and the Bengal. From Ootacamund to Simla, from Peshwar to Dacca, I had traversed this immense country in every direction,” he writes of his travels.

From the Collection of Robert and Maria Travis (bookplate)
Lot 0180E, Bloomsbury Auctions, Travel Books From the Collection of Robert and Maria Travis, 2007
Acquired from the above
Important Private Collection, New Delhi

Reference: J R Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, p. 519


  Lot 61 of 73  

17-18 JANUARY 2023




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