Manuscript record of the travels and hunting adventures of Giles Graeme. Giles Graeme.
Manuscript record of the travels and hunting adventures of Giles Graeme
Manuscript record of the travels and hunting adventures of Giles Graeme
Manuscript record of the travels and hunting adventures of Giles Graeme

Manuscript record of the travels and hunting adventures of Giles Graeme.

1867-1869.

notebooks in oblong octavo and small folio. 3 vols. Folio (12-1/4 x 8 inches) & 8vo (6-1/4 x 8 inches). The 8vo first volume is bound in contemporary full blind stamped Indian calf, with paper label applied to upper cover "S. Sampson/ United Universities Club/ Pall Mall East" and same on lower cover, the latter pair in calf-backed marbled boards, also with paper labels, inner hinge split on one. Collection of Mikhail Baskhanov, (Collector and scholar) with his bookplates Item #314989

Several hundred pages legibly written in black ink on blue paper, the first volume with inserted photographs and drawings, drawings on the rear endpaper of the second, the third with an order for supplies from the Maharajah of Cashmere tipped-in, with his seal, as well as some drawings. Bindings quite worn, internally clean, mailing labels on front covers (these were apparently all mailed at the time to various recipients in the U.K.).
An exceedingly interesting account of travels on the Indian sub-continent, including much time spent in Cashmere. The first volume notes that Graeme (an officer in the 8th Fusiliers) wrote this account with 3 months leave "to wile away a few hours for an old and blind gentleman" but this is a far more compelling account than perhaps those words would indicate!
The first volume titlle on ffep "Trip to Kashmir, 1867" a hunting trip taken to Cashmere from 16th April to the 14th October, and contains a number of crude (though amusing) drawings, as well as some tipped-in captioned photographs of the period including "Baramula", "Srinaggar" , "Canal Bank", "Old Bridge", "Fukhd Suliman", "Pir Panjal Pass", "Lahore Lieut. Gov. House" and with a watercolour "A very bad attempt at a 'View' from the window of the right hand Bungalow 'Sopar.' "
Pages numbered to p.160 and another almost equal number unnumbered

The 1868 travels begin July 12th, with the account written in Ferozepore (Firozpur) in November 1868.
The final volume recounts Graeme's journey, again to Cashmere, beginning on July 18th of 1869, and appears to have also been written in Autumn of that year. A lengthy and engaging account of travels in the Cashmere region, over a three-year period, with precise day-to-day accounts of everything from food eaten to animals shot. Tipped in at front is folio sheet " 'Purwannah' or order for supplies & sealed by the Maharajah of Cashmere with his own hand seal. 1869---"

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