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GOLD, Captain Charles.
Oriental Drawings: Sketched between the Years 1791 and 1798

London: Bunney & Co., for G and W. Nicoll, 1806.
Abbey, Travel 428; Cox I, 310;. Prideaux, 338; Hiler, 383; Bobins I. 250. Not in Tooley.
London: Bunney & Co., for G and W. Nicoll, 1806.

Folio (11" x 14") early 20th-century three-quarter crushed red morocco, raised bands, elegantly gilt-decorated spine, red linen boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. FIRST EDITION of this superb collection of Indian views and costumes, with 49 large full-page hand-coloured aquatint plates of the “usual dress and appearance of many casts,” and one in-text uncoloured aquatint of a Hindu fakir on a bed of nails. Handsomely bound by Bayntun of Bath. “The following subjects are expressive of the usual dress and appearance of many casts, including also some of the Mohammedan faith, and portraying the general costume of the country.” While serving the British army stationed in southern India, Captain Charles Gold drew the people of the Coromandel coast and the Mysore region—the landscape, the local monuments and the dress of the inhabitants. His illustrations, vibrant and richly hand-coloured, depict the country’s architecture, different castes, and military, while also portraying such religious fanatics as a Gentoo devotee who “rolled” his way from one city to another, and such novel street performers as snake charmers and a sword swallower. All but one of the drawings are by Gold himself. “A Lame Beggar,” however, was drawn by an Indian painter, “the Moochy of Tanjore,” and “possesses considerable merit as to costume and character” (Krishna Chaitanya). With the four-leaf Glossary bound in front. Evidence of bookplate removal. Title page reinforced at hinge, light offsetting of plates to text, plates vivid and fine. A splendid copy in fine condition, handsomely bound. Coloured plates in order: 1. Cattamarans. 2. A Durbash. 3. A Gentoo Fortress. 4. A Gentoo Zealot, rolling a Pilgramage. 5. A Church Brahmin, Chief of a Temple dedicated to the God Veeshnu Nagapatnam. 6. Coolies, at Dinner on the Road. 7. A Female Devotee, of the Gentoo Cast. 8. A Village Church, with Indins worshipping the God Pollear. 9. A Brahmin, of the Tribe of Seeva, returning from bathing. 10. A Sepoy, of Tipoo Sultaun's regular Infantry. 11. Female Brahmins, Carrying Water from the Well. 12. Mausoleum, of a Mahomedan of Rank. 13. A Pandarom. 14. An Artillery Elephant on Duty. 15. Sepoys of the Madras Establishment. 16. A Tank. 17. Barbers. 18. A Moorish Fakir, Decorated for the Hussain Haussain Festival. 19. Ramlingam - Pandaree. 20. A Pagoda, od Indian Place of Worship. 21. Gentoo Women, Employed beating Rice. 22. A Satadeven, Accompanied by his Son. 23. Untitled plate of 20 assorted Musical Instruments. 24. Snake - Men with Serpents dancing to Music. 25. Gateways of Moorish Architecture. 26. Untitled Gateway. 27. A Collery, One of the Cast of Thieves. 28. A Naigue of the Bombay Grenadier Battalion. 29. A Juggler. 30. A Musical Beggar, With a new Method of performing on Wind Instruments. 31. Hanuman, King of Apes, an Indian Deity. 32. A Marriage Procession. 33. Amboor Fort. 34. Barbarous Ceremony in honour of Mariatale, Goddess of the Small-pox. 35. Untitlled plate; Barbarous Ceremony. 36. A Cuisinegerra and Soldiers' Cook - boys. 37. Officers and Private of the Gun Lascar Corps, Madras Establishment. 38. Flying Foxes and Banyan Tree. 39. A Lame Beggar and his Family. 40. A Choultry of Moorish Construction. 41. A Peesash. The Effects of the Land Wind. 42. Palankeens, Passing through a Tope of Cocoa-nut, Palmyra, and Arica Tree. 43. Smoking the Hooka. 44. Colossal Idols, Near the Village of Manapar. 45. A Bengal Sepoy and his Family meeting one of the Byraggee Cast. 46. Festival of the Chariot. 47. Mysorean Cavalry, Attacked by British Dragoons. 48. Tippoo's Palace. 49. The Tomb of Hyder Ali and Tippoo Sultaun in the Laul Baug.