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.

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