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Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photographs II Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photographs II ROWLANDSON (1756 - 1827)
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The Grand Master or Adventures Of Qui Hi In Hindostan – A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos by Quiz Illustrated with engravings by ROWLANDSON
London: Printed by Thomas Tegg 1816, pp. viii, 252 with 27 HANDCOLOURED AQUATINTS including title page and the folding ‘Map of India’ [actually an elephant caricature] as frontispiece + 1 uncoloured plate.
Engravings are by THOMAS ROWLANDSON, the great English caricaturist of the Georgian era.
The text is attributed to William Combe [1741-1823]. In part, this work is a satire against the Marquis of Hastings, the Governor General of Bengal and commander-in-chief of British forces in India, who had been implicated in a financial scandal, though in reality, its scope is more far reaching, in that it criticizes the pompous British colonial attitude towards the inhabitants of India, the corrupt British institutions, and pokes fun at the proselytizing of the church and its patent disregard for Indian culture; it does not even spare Hindu customs, notably that of widow burning. Half-leather binding with marbled boards and raised bands on spine and gilt designs and title in compartments. Marbled endpapers and edges. Frontispiece fold strengthened.
Condition NotesMis-pagination with text jumping from p. 30 to 33 [no page missing], and pp. 73-74 repeated as issued in case of all copies