Calcutta, 1896. First Edition. Four Volumes. ccxvi, 294; , 499; , 500; , 516 pp. Illustrated with a photographic frontispiece, and 31 photographic plates. Large 8vo., 250 x 170 mm, bound in publisher's brown cloth elaborately decorated in gilt, with Indian patterns and scene. Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1896. A splendid copy of the original edition of this massive survey of "manners, customs, marriage institutions and religion" across much of Northern India at the beginning of the twentieth century. The highly evocative portraits are after photographs taken by a Sargeant Wallace in Mirzapur. The four volumes are a mine of information and a testimony to the deeply felt affection and curiosity for the people over whom the Imperial officials ruled. Neatly recased with new endpapers, a fine set (Inventory #: D14598)
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