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Urwick, Reverend W, India 100 Years Ago The Beauty of Old India Illustrated

Urwick, Reverend W: India 100 Years Ago: The Beauty of Old India Illustrated , London: Bracken Books, 1985

Hardback, first edition thus, 11" x 8", very good condition, in a very good unclipped (12.50) dust-jacket, publisher's original red clothboards with gilt blocking to spine, 220 pages including index, 161 b/w engraved illustrations---Facsimile of the 1885 edition published by the Religious Tract Society. 'This superbly illustrated panorama of India in the 1880s recaptures the infinite variety and exotic splendours of the British Raj at its zenith. In this vast subcontinent, extremes of wealth and power sat side-by-side with utter destitution, for the bewildering mosaic of religion, race and language reflects in mankind the extravagant diversity of India's geography - the mighty mountains of the Himalayas, the deserts, and jungles and the broad flood-plains of the great, winding rivers. Through this colourful land of contrast and unending change, our guide takes us on a whistle-stop tour, setting out from Ceylon and concluding in Bombay: Contents include: Ceylon: the green and luxuriant island set in the hot Indian Ocean, its jungles hiding ancient temples, and ruined cities, its hills and valleys covered by plantations of coffee and tea;Madras Presidency: the inhospitable Coromandel coast, where the north-cast monsoon strikes without mercy, the city of Madras and the great Dravidian Temples of Siva at Madura and Scringham; the Bengal provinces: the city of Calcutta, the Ganges, and into the eastern Himalayas to Assam, Darjeeling and Nepal; The North-West Provinces and Oudc: Benares, Lucknow, Cawnpore and the splendid palaces of the Moguls; The Punjab: Delhi, the Indus and the land of the Sikhs; Rajputana and the Central India Agency: Gwalior, the northern kingdom of the Mahrattas; Bombay Presidency: back to the coast; the tigers of the Narbada Valley, Buddhist cave temples, Gujcrat, Goa and Poona; ---Turning the pages of The Centennial Travel Series, the reader embarks upon a journey in both time and place - to tour, with expert guides, the great countries of the "world as they were a hundred years ago. This was the great age of railway travel, before the coming of the motor car and the aeroplane. And the itinerary in each book follows the leisurely style of the Victorian age: by steamer, railway, carriage and foot. The descriptions of scenes and places were written by a small group of enthusiastic travellers, including several clergymen, observant reporters of all they saw. Each book, republished now in its original late-nineteenth century format, is thus based upon the author's personal experiences, the words complemented by superb engravings on almost every page.' (Book ref. 3008 )  £ 18.00

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