Elphinstone, Mountstuart. An account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India: comprising a view of the Afghaun nation, and a history of the Dooraunee monarchy. The second edition, with an entirely new map.

London, Longman et al., 1819.

8vo. 2 parts in one volume. XXIII, 512 pp. XII, 495 pp. With 14 (13 hand-coloured) aquatint plates and an engr. map. Contemp. red half morocco with marbled boards, endpapers and edges.


Second 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).

Occasional insignificant brownstaining. The pretty binding was probably prepared for Lt. Joseph Davey Cunningham (1812-51), who in 1849 published the standard "History of the Sikhs" (his autogr. ownership, "J. D. Cunningham, Caubul", on the flyleaf). Latterly in the collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer.


Abbey 504 (note). Hiler 269. Cf. Lipperheide Ld 16. Colas 960. Henze II, 164. Wilson 66. Howgego II, E10 (first and later eds.). Brunet II, 966.