Indoislamica Highlights 2012
Highlights from our inventory of art and rare books relating to India, Central Asia and the Islamic world.
www.indoislamica.com Some Highlights .com An evolving on-line catalogue Who we are Indoislamica consists of a group of experts in art and rare books relating to India, Central Asia and the Middle East. How we can help � � � � With our global network of contacts, we are in an exceptional position to source rare material. We are happy to advise on and organise conservation work. We welcome dialogue with existing and potential clients and will readily supply images. We offer our advice and expertise to collectors. Our philosophy As dealers in rare books and works on paper, Indoislamica has established a close working relationship with highly-skilled craftsmen, including paper conservators and binders. We believe in minimum and harmonious intervention, consistent with retaining as much of the original material as possible. Thus we ensure the highest quality results for private collectors and institutions, with our emphasis always on excellence. We encourage understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of India, Central Asia and the Middle East. By engaging in cultural events and promoting academic discussion, we aim to build an international community of enthusiasts dedicated to culture, knowledge and art. Our team Shahid Hosain is a former ambassador and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Group at UNESCO's Executive Board. He was also a Member of the Governing Board of IRCICA (Organisation of the Islamic Conference Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture) based in Istanbul. Yasmin Hosain has been an academic, translator and BBC broadcaster and was also an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge. Simon Brandenburger was formerly Head of Bonhams Book Department and latterly ran the long-established print dealer Sanders of Oxford owned by the distinguished print collector, Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Christopher Sisserian studied history at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), specialising in the Middle East. Currently a graduate student of international politics, with particular reference to the Middle East. Contact Simon Brandenburger 17 Anselm Road, London SW6 1LH Tel: +44 (0) 20 7381 5391 Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7879 814920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.indoislamica.com Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. The first scientific exploration into `Indian Tibet'. An extremely rare account of Kashmir and adjoining regions. A striking pictorial account of a campaign in the `Great Game'. One of the great travel accounts of the 19th century. Includes an important account of politics at the Nizam of Hyderabad's court. A scarce account of life at the Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by his physician, Dr. Honigberger. A very good set of the first comprehensive gazetteer of India. The definitive, pioneering documentation of Sind tilework. A celebrated account of the Rajputs and their history. Studies for sketches of Sikh soldiers produced for Queen Victoria. `.....by far the finest city in India'. Udaipur: by William Simpson. A scene of a fine old Mughal monument in Bengal near the Ganges by Thomas and William Daniell. A rare individually published print showing a scene from the War against Tippoo Sultan. An exceptional group of four large-format gelatin silver prints of two Hindu princes in Mughal court dress. A fine signed lithograph by M. F. Husain. An important climbing expedition to the Punjab Himalaya. 1. The first scientific exploration into `Indian Tibet'. Francke, Dr. A.H. Antiquities of Indian Tibet. Part I: Personal Narrative.2: Part II: The Chronicles of Ladakh and Minor Chronicles. First edition. Calcutta 19141926. Part I: 88 gravure photographic illustrations on 44 plates, large folding route map of Dr. Francke's journey in the Indo-Tibetan borderlands, 4 text illustrations. pp. xiv, 133, iv. Part II: 5 coloured folding maps of (i) Central Ladakh, Nubra and Eastern Zanskar; (ii) Lower Ladakh and Purig; Zanskar; (iii) Zanskar; (iv) Lahul; (v) Baltistan. pp. viii, 310. Original maroon cloth, maroon endpapers, lettered in gilt. Folio (2 volumes). The 2 volumes of this first edition were printed 12 years apart; sets are therefore rare, especially in good condition. Dr. August Hermann Francke (1870 - 1930) was a missionary of the Moravian Church and a distinguished scholar of Tibetan studies. On his return to Germany, he was appointed Professor of Tibetan languages at the University of Berlin. In 1909, the Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, Dr J. H. Marshall (later Sir John), had asked Francke, then attached to the Moravian mission in the Ladakh and Lahul area, to enter the service of the Survey for an eighteen-month period and carry out the first scientific exploration into `Indian Tibet'. Francke's knowledge of both the history and the art of the region made him the ideal expedition leader. The photographer, Babu Pindi Lal of the Archaeological Survey of India was given the adventurous and difficult task of accompanying Dr. Francke on his mission. Many of Babu Pindi Lal's original photographs for the expedition are held in the Kern Institute, University of Leiden, Holland and the India Office Collections, British Library, London. �8500 A rare printing. 2. An extremely rare account of Kashmir and adjoining regions. Leitner, G.W. The Languages and Races of Dardistan. First edition, London 1876. 3 parts in one volume. Frontispiece with signed photographic portrait, inserted addendum slip, one full-page mounted photographic plate of a `Group of Dards', 3 mounted photographs on one page showing Greco-Buddhist (Gandharan) sculptures excavated at Takht-I-Bahi on the Panjab (North-West Frontier), 15 engraved text illustrations on 7 pages, and 4 folding maps in pocket, one printed in colour, the rest handcoloured in outline, and another not called for in index. The 4 maps are by E.G. Ravenstein; one is `A Native Map of the country between Peshawar and the Oxus, translated by Dr. G.W. Leitner, 1875'. Title uniformly browned and spotted, occasional light spotting, marginal stain affecting corner of one photographic plate. Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. pp. 8, iv, 37, vii, 51, (ii), iii, 109, ii, 4, (ii � Official and other acknowledgements of the success of Dr. Leitner's Linguistic Mission to Kashmir and Chilas). Folio. One of only 100 copies of this first edition, signed by Dr. Leitner. An exceptionally rare account of Kashmir and adjoining regions, it contains an account of Leitner's journey from Lahore in 1866 through Kangra, Mandi, Lahul, Zanskar, Ladakh and Kashmir. His findings include a comparative grammar and vocabulary and records of legends, fables, customs and religion. Gottleib William Leitner (1841-1899), one of the greatest linguists of the Victorian age, was appointed Professor of Arabic at King's College, London at the age of 21. He was the founding Principal of Government College, Lahore. As the Asiatic Quarterly Review observed in its obituary notice in 1899 `to him was due the movement on behalf of the Panjab University, its foundation, organization and its successful working from 1865 to 1884'. �9500 Exceptionally rare. 3. A striking pictorial account of a campaign in the `Great Game'. Develin, Sergeant-Major, Royal Engineers. Views in Chitral, Taken during the advance of the 3rd Brigade of the Chitral Relief Force under the command of Brigadier-General W.F. Gatacre, D.S.O. No publication date but preface dated Bombay, March 12th, 1896. 127 fine gravure (phototype) plates, including 4 large folding panoramas. Original cloth, lettered in gilt, title-page printed in red and black, pp. 18, plus plates. Oblong folio. The background to this uncommon pictorial publication was the struggle between Czarist Russia and the British Empire for the control of Chitral is described in Peter Hopkirk's book The Great Game, London 1990. He devotes a full chapter `The race for Chitral' to the 1895 campaign. �2750 A good copy of an uncommon work. 4. One of the great travel accounts of the 19th century. Pottinger, Lieutenant Henry. Travels in Beloochistan and Sinde; accompanied by a Geograhical and Historical Account of Those Countries, with a map. First edition, London 1816. Hand-coloured frontispiece and a very large engraved folding map. Modern half-calf, spine gilt. pp. xxx, 423. 4to. One of the greatest Central and South Asian travel accounts of the 19th century. Pottinger and Captain Christie travelled through regions which are, once again, some of the most turbulent and strategically important in the world. His account is divided into two parts: `Part the First: Narrative of a Journey through Beloochistan, and a Part of Persia, partly performed in the Disguise of a Musulman pilgrim'. `Part the Second: A Short Historical Memoir of the Countries Explored during a Tour through Beloochistan and a Part of Persia. To which is Added, a Summary Account of the Province of Sinde, and the Proceedings of the Mission to its Rulers in 1809'. Peter Hopkirk, in his book The Great Game, London 1990, observes: `Pottinger was to write an account of their adventures which thrilled readers at home, and which is today still sought after by collectors of rare and important books of exploration'. �3500 A very good, bright copy, handsomely rebound. 5. Includes an important account of politics at the Nizam of Hyderabad's court. Temple, Sir Richard. Journals kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal. Edited, with Introductions, by his Son, Richard Carnac Temple. First Edition, London 1887. Volume I: Coloured lithographed frontispiece, 4 plates (one mounted Woodburytype photograph), 4 coloured lithographed maps and plans, (3 folding, including a plan of the city of Srinagar). Volume II: Coloured lithographed frontispiece, 3 coloured lithographed plates, folding panorama of Kashmir from the Takht-i-Sulaiman mountain range, 2 other plates, 3 folding maps of Kashmir, Nepal and Sikkim. Original decorative cloth. pp. xxvii, 314, (vi), 302, 2 pp. publisher's advertisement. 8vo (2 volumes). Temple was a distinguished and vastly experienced `Anglo-Indian'. His postings included Secretary to the Punjab Government, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, Resident of Hyderabad, and Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal. C.E. Buckland's Dictionary of Indian Biography, London 1906, usually silent on all but factual details, states: `His activity and energy of mind and body, and the enormous capacity for work which had distinguished him in India were maintained to the last'. �725 A bright set in in original decorative cloth. 6. A scarce account of life at the Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by his physician, Dr. Honigberger. Honigberger, John Martin (`Johann Martino'), ThirtyFive Years in the East. Adventures, Discoveries, Experiments and Historical Sketches relating to the Punjab and Cashmere; together with an Original Materia Medica, and Medical Vocabulary in four European and five Eastern Languages. First edition in English, London 1852. Engraved frontispiece, tinted lithographed folding panorama of Lahore, 46 engraved plates and a map. Original cloth, pp. xxix, 206, xi, 448 (2 volumes in one), 8vo (2 volumes in one). Honigberger was Personal Physician to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Khushwant Singh's History of the Sikhs, Princeton N.J. 1963-1966, describes him as `the Hungarian doctor Honigberger who mixed gunpowder for the artillery and distilled brandy for the Maharaja'. He was, in fact, from the town of Kronstadt, now the city of Braov, Central Romania. �6250 The scarce English edition in original publisher's cloth. 7. A very good set of the first comprehensive gazetteer of India. Thornton, Edward. A Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the East India Company, and of the Native States on the Continent of India. `Compiled by the Authority of the Hon. Court of Directors and chiefly from Documents in their Possession'. Volume I: ABO � COE. Volume II: COG � JYT. Volume III: KAB � OOG. Volume IV: OOJ � ZYN. First edition, London 1854. Engraved folding map by John Walker, hand-coloured in outline. Pages uncut, unpaginated. (Each volume 700 pages approximately). Original cloth, some light spotting but a very good, tight set, unopened and unused. 8vo (4 volumes). The first comprehensive gazetteer of India. Edward Thornton was head of the Statistical Department of East India House, and a pioneer in the systematic collection and publication of Indian statistics. He had earlier published in 1844, A Gazetteer of the Countries adjacent to India on the North-West. �950 A very good, tight set in original publisher's cloth. 8. The definitive, pioneering documentation of Sind tilework. A rare work. Cousens, Henry. Portfolio of Illustrations of Sind Tiles. [London] 1906. pp. , 50 fine chromo-lithographed plates (21.5 x 14.5 ins)., all but one in colour, 2 laid down, plate 40 supplied in facsimile, housed in original portfolio decorated and lettered in gilt with later cloth ties. Large folio.'Issued by the Government of India; Photo-Chromo-Lithographed by W. Griggs and Sons, Chromo-Lithographers to the King, 1906'. The definitive pioneering documentation of Sind tilework. Henry Cousens (1854-1933), Superintendent of the Archaological Survey of India, also wrote the major study The Antiquities of Sind (1929). The tiles illustrated are from the Great Mosque at Thatta, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Talpur Tombs in Hyderabad, and Abul Baki Purani's mosque in Sukkur. �2750 A rare work in its original portfolio. 9. A celebrated account of the Rajputs and their history. Tod, Lieutenant-Colonel James. Annals and Antiquities of Rajast'han, or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India. First Edition (1829 � 1832). Volume I: Engraved frontispiece, 29 plates of views, tables, a section, and a large folding map on linen (as called for) pp. xxx, (i), 806, (i-errata leaf) Half-title present. Volume II: Engraved frontispiece, 22 folding and other engraved plates (as called for). pp. xxxii, (i), 791. Half � title present. [Published 3 years after the first volume, by permission of King William IV `under the auspices of your Majesty's name']. Burgundy half-morocco, spines with raised bands, ruled in gilt, top edges gilt. A fine set with generous margins bound by the distinguished pre-war London binder, Bickers & Son. Large quarto (2 volumes). `Every court in the old Hindu Kingdoms maintained official bards and chroniclers. Some portion of such chronicles has been preserved and published by Colonel Tod, the Author of the famous book Annals and Antiquities of Rajesthan, but that work stands almost alone. The great mass of the Rajas' annals has perished beyond recall'. The Oxford History of India, Oxford 1923. Colonel Tod's entry in C.E. Buckland's Dictionary of Indian Biography, London 1906: James Tod (17821875). Travelled to Bengal in 1799; joined the 2nd European Regiment. Participated in the Embassy to Sindia, 1805. Attached to the Resident at Gwalior, 1812-1817. Surveyed and mapped Rajputana. In charge of the Intelligence Department of the Pindari campaign, 1817. Political Agent in the Western Rajput states. Later Librarian to the Royal Asiatic Society in London. �4500 A fine set in a binding by Bickers. 11. Studies for sketches of Sikh soldiers produced for Queen Victoria. Pencil and watercolour drawing on card of Sikh soldiers by General Walter Fane (1828-1885). 11.8 x 17.7ins. Inscribed lower left margin in pencil ` Subedar Gourvindar Singh ... Bengal Regt'. Inscribed in pencil verso `Studies for sketches done for the Queen 1883 by W.F.' Inscriptions on old paper backing to frame `Biluchi Regt', Sikh Regt'. General Walter Fane of Fulbeck Hall, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire raised Fane's Horse (19th Lancers) in 1860 during the Second Opium War. In 1874 Fane's Horse became 19th Regiment of Bengal Lancers. The Fanes had a long and distinguished history of military service in India. When General Sir Henry Fane, uncle of General Walter Fane, visited the Sikh leader Ranjit Singh, the `Lion of the Punjab', in 1837, his daughter, Isabella, was given a sumptuous gold bracelet set with rubies. Sir Henry Fane (1778-1840), commander-in-chief of the British Indian army, had come to attend the marriage of Kanvar Nau Nihal Singh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh's grandson. His visit to Ranjit Singh was an event of considerable interest to both the British and the Sikhs. Amusingly, Henry Fane described the Koh-iNoor as a badly cut diamond plainly set in gold! Earlier in Walter Fane's career, he served in the Punjab Irregular Cavalry (1849 - 1857), and was present in several engagements against the hill tribes on the North-West Frontier. He was a talented artist and a number of important works by him are in the Royal Collection. Provenance: The Fane Family, Fulbeck Hall, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire. �3250 A fine study of Sikh soldiers by a member of one of the British India's greatest soldiering families. 12. `.....by far the finest city in India'. Oodeypore, the Jugmundir Palace by William Simpson (1823-1899). Chromolithographic plate 13.5 x 9.75 ins (image size) laid down on original card. Plate 6 from India Ancient and Modern. A Series of Illustrations of the Country and People of India and Adjacent Territories with text by Sir John William Kaye. Published by Day & Son, London 1867. Simpson thought Udaipur `extensive and beautiful ... its situation and the character of its buildings rendering it by far the finest city in India'. In 1859, Simpson, who had by then made his reputation as a war artist in the Crimea, was commissioned by Day & Son to visit India and record the places affected by the momentous events of the `Mutiny' of 1857. Before leaving, he spent `a considerable time in the library of the India House, then in Leadenhall Street, looking over books about India, such as Daniels', to see what had already been done, and to get hints as to places I ought to visit'. The set of lithographs produced, based on Simpson's watercolours, was intended to rival David Roberts' Holy Land in scope. However, the project never came to fruition. This was caused by the financial collapse of Day & Son, due to the rise of wood engraving. By 1866, Simpson had delivered 250 watercolours to Day & Son and these were subsequently sold off as bankrupt stock. Only 50 had been prepared as chromolithographs, and were published in 1867 as India ancient and modern. A series of illustrations of the country and people of India and adjacent territories. Day & Son were amongst the most prominent lithographic firms of their time.They were unusual in that they were both lithographers and publishers. The art of colour lithography was raised to new heights in some of the magnificent books they published. William Simpson himself relates `... I knew that Day and Son were the principle lithographers in London, more particularly for artistic work, so I settled to apply to them first.' The individual plates are rare. The complete set of plates is exceedingly scarce - arguably the most important chromolithographic illustrated work on India of the nineteenth century. �1800 A rare print of one of India's most magical views. 13. A scene of a fine old Mughal monument in Bengal near the Ganges by Thomas and William Daniell. The Mausoleum of Nawaub Assoph Khan, Rajemahel from Oriental Scenery (Part 3, plate 24), June 1803 by Daniell, Thomas R.A. (1749-1840) and Daniell, William (1769-1837) after the drawing by them. Oriental Scenery, drawn, engraved and published by Thomas and William Daniell, Howland Street, Fitzroy Square, London 1795 -1808. Hand-coloured aquatint on thick Whatman wove paper with platemark and margins. 20.5 x 29 ins. overall. (One small section discreetly reinforced on verso). `..walked about the ruins of Rajimal & saw many very Picturesque Views indeed', from the journal of William Daniell, 9 October 1788. Buildings that have long vanished are depicted in some of most important work of the Daniells including this tomb. They believed it to be that of Nawab Asaf Khan (died 1641), Emperor Jahangir's brother-in-law. In fact he is buried in Lahore, and it is not known who lay buried in the now vanished tomb in Rajmahal. Rajmahal was the former capital of the Subahdar or Mughal Viceroy of Bengal and Bihar. Abbey Travel 420 no. 100. J.R. Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue. London 1957. Archer III plate 24. M. Archer, Early Views of India: The Picturesque Journeys of Thomas and William Daniell 1786-1794. London 1980. �3250 Aquatint with rich original hand-colour of an old Mughal monument by the Daniells. 14. A rare individually published print showing a scene from the War against Tippoo Sultan. The Head of the Advanced Guard of the Mahratta Army, coming to join Lord Cornwallis, near Seringapatam, May 28th 1791. Individually published engraving with original handcolour, platemark and wide margins. Inscribed within platemark `Published by J Rennell, March 30th 1792'. 15.5 x 24 ins. overall. A scene from the War of the `Triple Alliance' (Third Mysore War) against Tippoo Sultan. The `Triple Alliance' comprised the British aided by their treaty allies, the Mahrattas and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Hostilities were concluded with the Treaty of Seringapatam on 18 March, 1792. The publisher is the geographer James Rennell (17421830), a Major in the East India Company's service. In 1794 he was appointed surveyor-general for the East India Company's dominions in Bengal, and retired from active service in 1777, having been engaged on the survey for thirteen years. The government of Warren Hastings granted him a pension, which the East India Company somewhat tardily confirmed. The remainder of Rennell's long life was devoted to the study of geography. His Bengal Atlas was published in 1779, and was a work of the greatest importance for strategic and administrative purposes. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1781, and took up residence in Suffolk Street, near Portland Place, where his house became a place of meeting for travellers from all parts of the world. His second great work was the first approximately correct map of India. �2500 A charming and rare scene from `Tippoo's War'. 15. An exceptional group of four largeformat gelatin silver prints of two Hindu princes in Mughal court dress. Two are portraits of Maharawal Shri Pratap Sinhji and two his second son, the Rajkumar Pravin (or Prabin) Sinhji. In these images, both subjects wear full Mughal court dress. It is thought they were taken in the Digvir Niwas Palace on the occasion of the Maharaja's silver jubilee. We infer this is as there are family group portraits which include these same individuals, taken in that interior. Four large-format gelatine silver prints with rich tonal contrast each portrait 13.5 x 10 ins. Two very small tears at the edge of two prints. Maharawal Pratap Sinhji 1864 - 1911 Maharawal Pratap Sinhji ascended the throne of Bansda in 1876 when he was eleven. He was educated at the Rajkumar College, Rajkot; subsequently the British authorities granted him permission to become Joint Administrator of the state. In 1885 he was given independent charge of the state and directed much of his attention to his family's claim on the region of Bisanpur. He introduced tax reforms, a banking system, provision of generous public charity during the famine of 1890, and invested in roads, hospitals, libraries and schools. A major event of of his reign was the second Delhi Durbar in 1903, which he attended with his heir apparent, Kumar Shri Indrasinhji. He had four sons. His silver jubilee was celebrated in 1911 probably the date of the portraits. He died shortly afterwards and was succeeded by his eldest son, Yuvaraj Shri Indra Sinhji. Dress The Rajput kings, though Hindu, dressed in the formal style of the Mughal Court. Since the reign of Shah Jahan in the 17th century the main elements of Mughal costume have been the coat, turban and dress. Both the Maharaja and the Rajkumar wear a jama, or sarab gati, a heavy, long sleaved coat which reaches below the knees. Here it is decorated with a gold brocade (kashida) sash. The coat is decorated with floral gold brocade patterns around the sleeves, the chest, and also on the sides of the arms, a style typical of Gujarat. In his seated portrait the Maharaja wears a brocaded kamarband around his waist. Both sitters hold a sword and a shal, or shawl of fine cloth, further symbols of their wealth and status. The Rajkumar wears lavishly decorated slippers. The occasion for these formal portraits may have been the maharaja's silver jubilee. The King Edward VII coronation medal and the Delhi Durbar. Although Maharawal Pratap Sinhji's attire signals his status in a traditionally Indian way, his authority, and status endorsed by the British authorities is underlined by the medal he wears on his chest - the King Edward VII coronation medal. The medal would have ben presented in 1903, two years after the death of Queen Victoria, at the Delhi Durbar, an extravagant pageant held to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and his wife, Queen Alexandra, as Emperor and Empress of India. �4500 A rare large-format group of four gelatin silver prints of two Hindu princes in Mughal court dress. 16. A fine signed lithograph by M. F. Husain. `British Raj' (large format) by Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011). Lithograph on paper 39.5 x 20.5 ins. Artist's proof, signed in pencil by M.F. Husain. Circa 1980. Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F. Husain) arguably India's greatest post-indepence artist was born in Maharashtra in 1915. He briefly studied at the Indore Art College before moving to Mumbai (Bombay) where he supported himself by painting cinema hoardings. In 1947 he became a founder member of the Progressive Artists' Group with Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza among others. M.F. Husain exhibited extensively - at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Hirschhorn Museum, New York the Tate Gallery, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts etc. He was the subject of numerous monographs including Husain, Harry Abrams, New York 1971, the first international book on a living Indian artist. Among his many awards and honours were the Gold Bear for his film Through the Eyes of a Painter at the 1967 Berlinale and importantly the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan from the Indian government. �3500 A lavish, signed print by one of modern India's greatest artists. 17. An Important Climbing Expedition to the Punjab Himalaya. Workman, Fanny Bullock and William Hunter Workman. Peaks and Glaciers of Nun Kun. A Record of Pioneering Exploration and Mountaineering in the Punjab Himalaya. First edition, London 1909. Colour frontispiece, 91 sepia and other gravure plates including 4 double-page panoramas. (The panoramas printed in Germany from photographs taken by the authors). Large coloured folding map made by Dr. W. Hunter Workman from actual observation. Original pictorial cloth, top edges gilt. pp. xv, 204, one page publisher's advertisement. Royal 8vo. Kenneth Mason, Superintendent, Survey of India and Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford records in his book The Abode of Snow, London 1955, that many books published by the Workmans on their travels in the Karokoram mountains and the Punjab Himalaya `are still useful, particularly for their fine illustrations'. �950 A very good, bright copy of a well-known mountaineering work. www.indoislamica.com