Lot 31: Rattray (James). The Costumes of the Various Tribes, Portraits of Ladies of Rank, Celebrated Princes and Chiefs, Views of the Principal Fortresses and Cities, and Interior of the Cities and Temples in Afghaunistan, Hering & Remington, 1848, hand-coloured additional title and 29 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates on 25 sheets, many heightened with gum arabic, a few short closed marginal tears, title printed in red and black, small errata slip, subject list, single leaf publisher's catalogue at end, dedication with author's facsimile signature, subscribers list, explanatory text (a few frayed margins), slight overall toning and some light scattered spots, contents disbound, contemporary red half morocco, red morocco title label to upper cover, spine with small tears at foot, joints and edges rubbed folio (61 x 43.5 cm) Abbey Travel 513; Colas 2489. James Rattray, a lieutenant in the 2nd Grenadiers Bengal Army, served during the First Afghan War of 1839 to 1842. The skilfully coloured illustrations made from Rattray's meticulous and lively studies include portraits of Emir Dost Muhammad Khan, Kandahar Lady of Rank, Ladies of Kabul, Ghiljye Women, Atmaran, Afghan soldiers and tribesmen, views of Kabul, Kandahar, Mosque and Tomb of Sultan Mahmood of Ghuznee, as well as other topography. (1)
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