PENNY, F.E., and Lady LAWLEY [illustrations]. Southern India. London, Adam & Charles Black, 1914.
8vo. Original orange cloth, highly decorated in black ink and lettered in gilt on the spine and on the front cover, top edge gilt; 50 colour-plate illustrations, captioned on the tissue guard, 1 pull-out sketch map; offsetting from end-papers as usual, very light spotting, mainly in a few margins, a very attractive copy.
First edition, the superior binding variant with all lettering in gilt, and not only on the spine. 3000 copies. The book covers the topography of Southern India as well as information on local customs and religion. Lady Lawley was wife of the Governor of Madras who lived in Southern India for over six years and who had close ties with the Maharaja of Mysore.
‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates – up to 100 per volume – were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman)
Inman 40 ('a lovely book … illustrations of Indian people of all ranks are charmingly painted and well printed').