2 volumes in one, folio (398 x 310mm.), engraved title with hand-coloured vignette, 36 finely hand-coloured aquatint plates (including frontispiece), by R.G. Reeve, T. Fielding, G. Hunt, C. Bentley. and others, after Grindlay, W. Westall, F. Witherington, W. Daniel, C. Stanfield, D. Roberts, Copley Fielding and W. Purser, each plate with protective blank (to prevent off-setting from text), text watermarked 1828, 1829 and 1842, contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, spine in compartments with raised bands richly tooled in gilt, gilt edges, binding rather rubbed
"next to daniell, the most attractive colour plate book on india" (Tooley).
Grindlay was a self-taught amateur artist who went to India in 1803, aged 17. He served with the East India Company's military service from 1804-1820 and during this period made a large number of sketches and drawings recording the life and landscape of India.
This copy is the third issue, single-volume edition, as listed in Colas. It has a new engraved title followed by the two contents leaves but without a title-page to the second volume.
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