London (Henry Graves & Company), July 1, 1842.. Hand-colored lithographic pictorial title-page, lithographed calligraphic dedication to the Marquis Wellesley, (2)-pp. list of plates, printed in blue, 25 hand-colored lithographic plates, (2)-pp. publishers advertisement, printed in blue. Guards. Lithography by Louis and Charles Haghe. Lrg. folio. Publishers green moiré cloth, 1/4 dark green morocco with red morocco label, the front cover lettered in gilt Atkinsons Sketches in Affghanistan [sic]. The amateur artist James Atkinson (1780-1852) entered the Bengal Medical Service in 1805 and had a varied career, as a civil surgeon, assay master at the Calcutta Mint, professor of Persian, and superintendent of the "Government Gazette" and the Government Press, also founding the "Calcutta Annual Register." "In 1823, he became Surgeon of the 55th Native Infantry, and from 1838 to 1841 Superintending Surgeon to the Army of the Indus during the disastrous Afghan War. Throughout his service he and his wife Jane made drawings and paintings, and their son, George Atkinson, was to become well-known for his illustrated book 'Curry and Rice.' While in Calcutta, the Atkinsons took lessons from Chinnery. Some of James Atkinson's watercolours of the Afghan War were lithographed by L. and C. Haghe as 'Sketches of Afghaunistan' (London, 1842). An additional group, intended as a sequel and now in the India Office Library, remains unpublished" (Archer/Lightbown). Focusing on the mountainous landscape of Afghanistan, with its passes and river valleys, with views of Kabul, Kandahar, and other cities, the plates also show the movements and encampments of British troops, and their conflicts with Beloochee forces. Slightly rubbed at spine; a fine copy of the desirable hand-colored issue, the plates fresh and entirely unfoxed. (Inventory #: B157774-1)
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