Freeman's Auction
(Early Ethnography) 1 Portfolio. Eden, Emily. Portraits of the Princes & People of India. London: J. Dickinson, 1844. Folio, loose as issued, in contemporary pebbled burgundy cloth portfolio; worn and frayed, one flap detached, ties mostly intact. Holding: hand colored lithographic title mounted on card and 28 hand colored lithographic plates, heightened with gum-arabic, on 24 card mounts with watercolor borders ruled by hand, and with letterpress titles and captions on paper sheets mounted to the verso of each of the 24 card mounts. All drawn on stone by Lowes Dickinson after Emily Eden. Plates generally clean, mounts often spotted, dust smudged and a little worn at edges. Mounts approximately 21 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches; 556 x 445 mm. Ex-library: perforated stamp at bottom right of title mount, ink stamp and pencil notations on mount of plate 1. See expanded condition report.

Emily Eden, 1797-1869, accompanied her brother, George, Lord Auckland, to India where he served as Governor-General from 1835-1842. Eden recorded her observations of India in letters and sketches. On her return to England in 1842, Eden arranged to have her images printed in the portfolio above, her letters were published in 1866, Up the Country. Letters written to her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India by the Hon. Emily Eden.

Estimate $12,000-18,000

Sold for $26,250 (buyer's premium included)