One of the Finest of All Color-Plate Books Concerning India
FORREST, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramus. Picturesque Tour Along the River Ganges and Jumna, in India; consisting of twenty-four highly finished and coloured views, a map and vignettes, from original drawings made on the spot, with illustrations historical and descriptive. London: L. Harrison for Rudolph Ackermann , 1824.
First edition of one of the high-spots of India color-plate books. Large quarto (13 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches; 336 x 275 mm.). iv, [2, directions to the binders], 191, [1, printer's slug] pp. Complete with folding engraved map, hand-colored aquatint vignette on title page with another on the last printed leaf and twenty-four full page hand-colored aquatints by G. Hunt and Thomas Sutherland of scenes in India.

Bound by C.J. Sawyer LTD in contemporary half green morocco over green cloth boards. Morocco double-ruled in gilt. Some stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine a bit sunned. Some rubbing to extremities. Some occasional slight offsetting. Overall a very good copy, internally very clean and bright.

"The next of this large series was a A Picturesque Tour Along the River Ganges and Jumna, with views by Lieut-Col. Forrest. The illustrations are clear and bright, finely engraved, frequently printed in two colours, and well finished by hand... They are a brave attempt to express what the author in his glittering and oriental peroration to his preface describes as 'the enchanting features of India, eternally glowing in the brilliant glory of the resplendent Asiatic sun" (Martin-Hardie, pp. 109-110).

Some of the titles of these wonderfully expressive plates are: Hindoo Pagodas near Barrackpore, Ghaut of Cutwah, Mountains of Rajmahal, The Mootee Girna, The Fakeers' Rock at Janguira, The Indian Fort of Chumar Gurh, Tombs near Etawah, the Cuttub Minar in the Ruins of Ancient Delhi, and the Taje Mahal.

Abbey, Travel, 441. Martin Hardie, 313. Prideaux, 336. Tooley 227.

HBS # 68070 $14,500