Lot 713India – Joseph Wolff Maharajah Ranjit Singh 1837...

Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm



India – Joseph Wolff Maharajah Ranjit Singh 1837 Ex Library copy, Joseph Wolff (1795-1862), Christian missionary and traveller, who visited the Punjab in 1832. Published in 1837 Philadelphia. As he crossed the River Indus into the Sikh territory, he was given hearty welcome, twenty-one guns being fired in his honour, a daily zi`afat (banquet) of Rs. 250, twenty pots of sweetmeat and linen to make twenty shirts was provided for him. At Rawalpindi, he was put up in the camp of Kharak Singh, heir apparent to the throne of the Punjab. At Gujrat, he stayed with the governor of the town, Dr Josiah Harlan, an American, and at Wazirabad, with General Avitabile, an Italian serving Ranjit Singh. In Lahore, taking up his abode with General Allard, one of the French officers, Dr Wolff issued proclamations, which were posted in the streets, calling on the nations to turn to the Christ. A detailed account of the Lahore court and Mahrajah Ranjit Singh, and mentions all of the Gurus in chronological order on page 176. Also mentions a religious conversation with Hari Singh Nalwa on Religion and God. Mentions of the Akalee sect of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Published two years prior to the death of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. Frontis (portrait), 338p. Original cloth. 20cm. Both covers and the frontis, Ex lib. (Mercantile Library stamp on title-page)

Hammer Price: £650.00

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