“FOR SOME TIME THE SOLE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR THE COUNTRY”: HAMILTON’S KINGDOM OF NEPAL, 1819 FIRST EDITION WITH VIEWS OF THE HIMALAYAS AND IMPORTANT MAP(NEPAL) HAMILTON, Francis. An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal, and of the Territories Annexed to this Dominion by the House of Gorkha. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1819. Quarto, period-style full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $5800.First edition of this fascinating early account of the forbidden Kingdom of Nepal, with two engraved views, five panoramic folding views of the Himalayan Mountains, and large folding engraved map. Handsomely bound.“Access to much of Nepal was prohibited to foreigners, with the result that for many years no close approach to the Himalayan peaks was possible. In 1801 the regent of Nepal had hastily made a commercial treaty with the East India Company and agreed to accept a permanent residence in Kathmandu. However, a mission dispatched under Captain Knox and accompanied by Hamilton and Charles Crawford, which reached the capital in 1802, was made unwelcome and forced to leave the country in March 1803. Crawford’s maps, compiled en route, represented for some time the sole source of reference for the country. He brought back a large-scale map of the ‘valley of Nepal’ and the headwaters of the Bagmati” (Howgego 1800-1850 E21). “Buchanan accompanied Captian Knox to Nepal and later spent two years on the Nepalese frontier collecting information. He also gives an account of the history, geography, government, etc., of Sikkim” (Britain and Tibet 1765-1947). “Contains much valuable information” (Lowndes). With half title bound at rear. Howgego, To 1800 B181. Lowndes, 987.Occasional foxing. Plates clean, folding map repaired at lower corner, with part of border (only) supplied in neat ink facsimile. Period-style calf-gilt binding fine and handsome. Scarce.
Account of the Kingdom of Nepal