GRAY, James. Life in Bombay, and the Neighbouring Out-Stations. London, Richard Bentley, 1852.
Large 8vo. Original pink cloth, ornamented and lettered in gilt; pp. [2, advertisement], xvi, 350, 12 tinted lithographic plates; binding a little faded and marked, as usual, five dots of sealing wax remnants inside front cover, very light spotting only here and there; a very good and bright copy in the original binding.
First edition. 'The public has been so long accustomed to contemplate India, either through the magic glass of imagination, as the land of gorgeous palaces and inexhaustible treasures, or through the scarcely less deceptive halo of military glory as the battle-field of contending armies and opposing dynasties; that we feel some serious misgivings, whilst we invite them to survey her with the natural eye, as she really is, in these sober days of peace, when the "hurly-burly" of our battles lost and won has died away, and all that now is heard to remind us of them, is an occasional shot resounding through the Khyber Pass, and re-echoed from the far-distant mountains of Affghanistan' (Preface). That five years before the 'Indian Mutiny'! The author was a long-term resident of Bombay and Daily Telegraph correspondent, and had enough opportunity to describe daily life in the city and surroundings.