Travels in Ceylon and Continental India; including Nepal and Other Parts of the Himalayas, to the Borders of Thibet, with Some Notices of the Overland Route.
Seller ID: 377
Edinburgh: William P. Kennedy, 1848. First edition. Translated from the German. Preface, Memoir of the Author, 489 pp., Appendices with two fold-out route maps, Register of Temperature, Weather, etc. In purple cloth with impressed gilt decoration and lettering on covers, spine. Hoffmeister accompanied Prince Waldemar of Prussia as travelling physician during that prince's travels into Ceylon and India only to find, in the words of the Memoir, "an early grave in a distant clime" when in the company of Waldemar, he rode into the midst of a battle between British and Native armies. This book collects "posthumous fragments" of Hoffmeister's observations, letters to family and friends, and journal entries made along the way. Previous owner's bookplate on rear paste-down, two see-through but clean erasure marks on title page, spine sun-faded from purple to tan but gilt lettering clear, .5 cm split at top of spine, some pages uncut. Generally a clean, tight copy of an uncommon work.
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