Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
India – Account of Maharajah Ranjit Singh’s Court Physician. Fine leather bound first edition of ‘Früchteausdem Morgenlande’ (Fruits from the Morning Land) by Dr Martin Honigberger London 1851. Includes an amazing lithographed folding panorama of Lahore during the Sikh reign and 38 engraved plates and a map full leather with original gilt label on spine pp590. Plates include portraits of all the prominent members of the Lahore Durbar including Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his wife Jinda and son Duleep Singh, Maharaja Karak Singh and Sher Singh. An extremely scarce work. Honigberger was a personal physician to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Khushwant Singh’s History of the Sikhs Princeton N.J. 1963-1966 describes him as the Hungarian doctor Honigberger who mixed gunpowder for the artillery and distilled brandy for the Maharajah. He was in fact from the town of Kronstadt Central Romania. A highly sought after work.