Lot 837India Up the country by Emily Eden. Hardback...

Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm



India Up the country by Emily Eden. Hardback reprint published in 1978 by Curzon Press – first published in 1866. Letters written to her sister from The Upper Provinces of India with an introduction by Edward Thompson. 410 pages. Jacket taped to extremities with light grubbiness. Emily Eden got on well with Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1838 and along with sketching him wrote in her book: “Another of Runjeet's topics was his constant praise of drinking and he said he understood that there were books which contained objections to drunkenness and he thought it better that there should be no books at all than that they should Contain such foolish notions. He is a very drunken old profligate neither more nor less. Still he has made himself a great king he has conquered a great many powerful enemies he is remarkably just in his government he has disciplined a large army he hardly ever takes away life which is wonderful in a despot and he is excessively beloved by his people.” One of the most in depth account of the court of Lahore and Ranjit

Guide Price: £150.00 - £200.00

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