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An account of the kingdom of Caubul by Mountstuart Elphinstone

$ 2,349
  • Description
    ELPHINSTONE, Mountstuart.

    An account of the kingdom of Caubul,
    and its dependencies, in Persia, Tartary, and India; comprising a view of the Afghaun nation, and a history of the Dooraunee monarchy.

    Stock Code 112663
    Richard Bentley, London 1842

    Current price$2,349.00
    the first detailed account of Afghanistan by a western observer. Elphinstone collected important information on the geography, government, languages, manners and customs, education, religion, and tribes of the country.

    As the global struggle between Britain and Napoleonic France came to a climax, the Indian authorities under the governor-general, Lord Minto, became increasingly concerned that a hostile alliance of Persia, Afghanistan, and the newly powerful Punjab, under the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh, might coalesce on the northern frontiers of British India. A French embassy was already in the Persian capital, and so in 1808 Elphinstone (1779–1859), an administrator who had originally gone to India to take up an appointment with the East India Company, was sent to treat with Afghan ruler Shah Shuja, and Charles Metcalfe was dispatched to make a defensive alliance with Ranjit Singh.

    Elphinstone's mission to Kabul was formally a failure. Suspicious of the British, the Afghan court refused to allow the embassy to proceed beyond the border town of Peshawar. The present work, however, continued to inform British policy on the north-western frontier until the 1840s. (ODNB).

    New and Revised edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xxx, 422; xii, 440 pp., 2 hand-coloured lithographed frontispieces, lithographed plate, large folding engraved map, handsome red polished half calf gilt for Hatchards, foxing to plates, a very good copy.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 112663
    Incollect Reference #: 729377
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