Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Important early first edition biography of Maharajah Ranjit Singh – Rare Account of the Court of Maharajah Ranjit Singh First Edition, by W.G. Osborne, The Court and Camp of Runjeet Sing [sic], with an introductory sketch of the origin and rise of the Sikh state, Henry Colburn, London, 1840, sixteen engravings including Ranjit Singh on horseback, Sher Singh, Akali, Sikh Armour, Fakirs, 236 pp. William Osborne was military secretary to the Governor General, his uncle Lord Auckland. In May 1838 he was sent to Ranjit Singh's court in Lahore to make arrangements for the later British mission there. One of the earliest accounts written on Ranjit Singh an published a year after his death, with details of his family and courtiers with illustrations of the prominent persons in Lahore. Lavishly illustrated and most rare.