Publisher: London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; and Edinburgh: A Constable, 1814.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Robinson, pages 44-45; ODNB.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 28123
Description8vo, 19th century blue half calf, marbled paper boards, red morocco spine label, gilt decorations and lettering. Folding map and nine plates after drawings by the author.
CommentsMaria Graham (1785-1842), later Lady Callcott, first traveled to the Indian Subcontinent in 1809 when she accompanied her father on his naval appointment. There she met and married Thomas Graham and they traveled together throughout India, which she wrote about in Journal of a Residence in India (1812) and this sequel Letters on India. Over the next 12 years, they traveled constantly and she chronicled trips through Italy, Chile, and Brazil. She was a keen observer and in her narratives describe the local cultures, religions, antiquities, flora, fauna, and geography - including an account of an earthquake in Chile, the description of which the Royal Geographical Society claimed was a little fanciful. Her books were particularly well illustrated, often with engravings based on her drawings, as here.