The history and costumes of Kabulistan

Elphinstone, Mountstuart. An account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India.

London, Longman and others, 1815.

4to (268 x 205 mm). 675 pp. With 2 maps, one folding, 14 aquatint plates, all but one coloured by hand. Contemporary straight-grained brown morocco gilt by Lubbock of Newcastle (rebacked). Marbled endpapers.


Rare first edition of this detailed account of Kabulistan. The pretty engravings mainly depict costumes. "According to A. Janta, Elphinstone's encompassing scope and psychological insight have never been surpassed: for the historically leaning ethnologist, Elphinstone's work remains a source of the very highest caliber" (cf. Henze).

Armorial bookplate of John Waldie. Small tears to folding map professionally repaired.


Howgego II, E10. Abbey, Travel 504. Tooley (1954) 209. Wilson 66. Henze II, 165. Lipperheide Ld 16. Colas 960. Hiler 269. Brunet II, 966. Graesse II, 469.