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    James Edward Alexander. Travels From India to England; Comprehending a Visit to the Burman Empire, and a Journey Through Persia, Asia Minor, European Turkey, &c. in the Years 1825-26. London: Parbury, Allen, and Co., 1827.

    First edition. Quarto. xvi, 301 pages. Engraved portrait of Alexander used as frontispiece. Two maps, fourteen lithographic plates (five hand-colored), and twenty vignettes on seven sheets at the end of the work.

    Half brown calf over marbled boards with twin gilt rules accenting the front and rear boards. Decoration and decorative devices stamped in gilt in false compartments on the spine. Titles stamped in gilt on a brown morocco spine label. Slight toning at the edges of the boards. A couple of light Mercantile Library of Philadelphia ink stamps on random pages not affecting text, maps or plates. An internally bright copy. A handsome volume in near fine condition.

    Sir James Edward Alexander was a career officer in the British Army whose early career began with the East India Company. He was appointed aide-de-camp to MacDonald Kinneir, the British envoy to Persia, and wrote of his experiences of this time on his return to England, as published here. He went on to become a general and died on the Isle of Wight in 1885. He was also the author of numerous books, including Life of Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington, 1840 and a history of the 16th Queen's Lancers, 1830.

    Abbey (Travel), 520. Tooley 17.


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