Madras: J. Higginbotham, 1863. RARE SECOND EDITION. Octavo, pp. xxiv, 296, cxliv . With a total of 21 lithographic plates, two being portrait frontispieces and seven appearing consecutively at rear. In contemporary, possibly publisher's half tan cloth with navy leather-effect paper-covered boards. No external titles. Light even browning throughout; occasional pencil marginalia. An old amateur repair to p.67/68. Binding weak but holding together. Heavy external wear. Fair overall, but rare in any condition. First published in 1832, this intimate description of Muslim life in the Deccan was written by an Anglophile Sunni Muslim friend of Dr. Gerhard Herklots, an Army Surgeon in the Madras Medical Establishment. Dr. Herklots faithfully translated his work into English, adding an extensive appendix, glossary and index. Upon publication in London it rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most illuminating and accurate descriptions of Muslim customs in India, and had achieved Classic status by the time it was re-issued in this edition. Higginbotham revised the appendix and added a new set of plates but the main text remained unaltered from the original, in stark contrast to the 1921 Oxford University Press edition. The original text is therefore rare in any form. Item #47908
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