India illustrated

Grindlay, Captain Robert Melville. Scenery, Costumes and Architecture, Chiefly on the Western Side of India.

London, Smith Elder & Co., 1830 [plates watermarked 1848].

Large 4to (395 x 300 mm). Engraved title with hand-coloured engraved vignette, 36 hand-coloured aquatint plates by R. G. Reeve, T. Fielding, G. Hunt, C. Bentley and others after Grindlay, William Westall, Clarkson Stanfield and others. Contemporary half green morocco over marbled boards, bound by J. Wright, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, rebacked with original spine laid down.


One of the "most attractive colour plate books on India" (Tooley), noted for the brilliant quality of the hand colouring. Robert Grindlay, the son of a London merchant, sailed for India at the age of seventeen in 1803. He served with the 7th Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 until 1820 and travelled widely throughout India with his regiment. His talent for recording the life and landscape of India is evident from the images in the present work, and on his return to Britain he was persuaded to work on its publication.


Abbey Travel II, 442. Brunet II, 1742. Colas 1333. Lipperheide 1487. Tooley 239.

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