ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY.
Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Parbury, 1827-1830-1835.
3 volumes. 4to (280 x 210 mm). Half-titles in volumes 1 and 2 (not called for in volume 3). 81 engraved and lithographed plates (2 of which are hand-colored, and several being folding). Period half calf. Covers detached, spines worn.
Provenance: National Library of Australia at Canberra (stamps on front pastedowns, blindstamps on extremities of titles).
FIRST EDITION. A surprisingly rare publication, the contributors to which include John Francis Davis, Henry Colebrooke, Sir John Malcolm, James Tod, R.M. Grindlay, William Marsden, and many others. The subjects include marriage ceremonies of the Hindus, white elephants, the wild dog of the Western Ghats, the cave temples of Ellora, the sheep-eater of Hindustan, the Purik sheep of Ladakh, the Sutlej Valley, etc., etc.