Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    With Wonderful Hand-Colored Illustrations of the Orient

    James Forbes. Oriental Memoirs: Selected and Abridged from a Series of Familiar Letters Written During Seventeen Years Residence in India: Including Observations on Parts of Africa and South America, and a Narrative of Occurrences in Four India Voyages. London: White, Cochrane, and Co., 1813. First edition. Four quarto volumes. [4], [i]-xxiii, [1], [1]-481 pages, [1]; [i]-xv, [1], [1]-542 pages; [i]-xii, [1]-487 pages; [i]-xi, [1], [1]-425 pages, [1], [1] errata, [1], [4] bookbinder directions, [2]. Engraved frontispiece. Ninety-two total illustrations, including eighty-four engravings and eight lithographs, twenty-eight of these illustrations hand-colored, some heightened with gum arabic. Bound in contemporary full tan russia with lightly diced covers. Decorative triple fillet borders with gilt-stamped floral device at corners. Five raised gilt-stamped bands with six gilt-stamped compartments and titles on spine. Gilt-ruled edges and turn-ins. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Joints starting, as is common. Covers and extremities rubbed with minor abrasions. Light foxing throughout. Some spotting and offsetting to plates. Pair of bookplates within each volume. A generally near fine set of a beautifully illustrated travel memoir.

    Abbey, Travel 3876.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,090

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 27 Musical Instruments - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,140,582