[Parkes, Fanny].


In Search of the Picturesque, During the Four-and-twenty years in the East; With Revelations of Life in the Zenana. Pelham Richardson 1850.
1st Ed. 2 vols. Sm. 4to. xxxv + 479pp. + xiii + xiii + 523pp. 49 plates including 21 chromolithos. (4 of which have been finished by hand) and 8 tinted, folding litho. elevation in rear pocket (possibly with a small segment missing). Plate 3 silked, first few leaves in both vol. lightly chipped, some light browning, new, original gilt lettered cloth with gilt dec. to upper boards and spines, nicely recased with original spines laid down, extremities frayed with sl. loss to sl. bumped corners. Abbey Travel 476; Archer, pp.8; Mendelssohn, vol. II page 141. Fanny Parkes (née Frances Susannah Archer) (1794–1875) Welsh travel writer. The Parkes first lived in Calcutta, then moved onto Allahabad due to Mr Parke's posting. Fanny wrote the above two volumes about her time traveling through India on horseback and befriending people around her while learning Persian, Hindustani and Urdu. Written in a lively style her detailed and interesting memoirs reveal her independence of mind. Parkes allows a pre-colonial perspective of northern India and its peoples and customs, recording changes in Britain's governing of India, the economic impact of such policies, and domestic problems in Indian society, from 1822–45. The people she encountered included wealthy socialites as well as famine stricken residents of Kanauj seen during a trip over mountains from Landour to Simla. Parkes' narrative reflects her admiration and respect for the richness of Indian culture. Including a glossary of terms and a collection of translated Indian proverb ‘Fanny was a passionate lover of India and, though a woman of her time, in her writing and her travels did her best to understand and build bridges across the colonial divide,’ William Dalrymple.
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