An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal - Francis Buchanan Hamilton.
New Delhi: Manjusri Publishing House. First edition reprint 1971. pp 364 plus panoramas and map.
Dust jacket badly torn to top edges (20 cms) and chipped along the bottom. Faces soiled. Image of Nepalese prince or similar.
Royal blue buckram with gold titles to spine: a handsome book in excellent condition. Soiled blue end papers.
The verbose title page extends over two pages, part of the Bibliotheca Himalayica series, volume 10, edited by H.K. Kuloy. Introduction by Marc Gaborieau. Limited edition of 1000 copies (this is 269).
The introduction heaps the praise on Hamilton, who was a wealthy East India man, responsible for many philanthropic causes, geographic and scientific publications. We are told that the book is generally reliable, so easy and pleasant to read and one of our most important sources.
Excellent binding structure. All pages lightly tanned; top edges blue rinsed, fore edges a little foxed.
There is a 25 page account of the local weather, barometrics etc. around the Kathmandu valley and a page of calculations of altitudes of eight unnamed (and therefore unreliable) peaks in the area. Six fine engraved panoramas, the first of which shows a "mound" and another "mound". One four panel (70 cms) vintage map of Nepal, with no peaks mentioned (Everest was yet to achieve fame).
This grand book would, if its jacket were to be kept elsewhere, grace the shelf of the collector of regional geography or Nepalese history.