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Thomas Postans
Personal observations on Sindh




Thomas Postans, Personal Observations on Sindh; The Manners and Customs of its Inhabitants; and its Productive Capabilities: with a sketch of its history, a narrative of recent events, and an account of the connection of the British government with that country to the present period ..., London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843

xv, [1], and 402 pages; with hand-coloured frontispiece, folding lithograph ‘Map of Sindh’ and 13 woodcut illustrations within text; full leather bound with spine lettered in gilt and 5 raised bands, marbled edges

LIST OF PLATES
1. Sindhian Woman / 2. Pullah Fisherman / 3. Bilúchi riding Camel / 4. Pipe / 5. Camel drawing Water / 6. Sindhians travelling / 7. Boats on Indus / 8. Sehwun on the Indus / 9. Sindh Peasantry / 10. Lúris, or Bilúchi Bards / 11. Plan of Battle of Míani / 12. Plan of Battle of Duppa / 13. Trophies of Arms

First edition of this important account of Sind. Published in the same year as the annexation of Sind by Sir Charles James Napier, Postans’s work gives an account of the region’s geography (including Karachi, Hyderabad, and the river Indus), ethnic groups, agriculture, commercial produce, flora and fauna, government, trade, and history, including British involvement.

Postans (1808-46) joined the East India Company in 1827, commanded an infantry regiment of the Bombay Army, served as political agent in the Upper Sindh and Biluchistan, and acted as a Persian interpreter to the Sindh Force. He died at Deesa shortly after being appointed boundary commissioner.

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