London: William H. Allen and Co., 1851. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.vii; 422. With fold-out frontispiece map on pale blue paper as issued. In an exquisite later binding of half polished calf with full gilt back over marbled sides, edges untrimmed. Some expected toning to paper and uncut edges, light and occasional spotting, expert paper conservation to map, title margin and final leaf, neat older repair to foot of first few leaves; generally well preserved. Externally fine. Burton began working with the Bombay Army Survey Department in 1844 and by 1851 had journeyed to the newly annexed Sindh province of India (part of modern-day Pakistan). His research on the population, customs, literature and language of the area was first published that year and has long been a scarce Burton title. The text is used to this day in Sindh Province as a guide to early Sindh history. Item #46723
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