WATSON, JOHN FORBES. 1827-1892; AND JOHN WILLIAM KAYE. 1814-1876. The People of India: a Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. London: India Museum: 1868-1869.

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WATSON, JOHN FORBES. 1827-1892; AND JOHN WILLIAM KAYE. 1814-1876.
The People of India: a Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. London: India Museum: 1868-1869.

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WATSON, JOHN FORBES. 1827-1892; AND JOHN WILLIAM KAYE. 1814-1876.
The People of India: a Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. London: India Museum: 1868-1869.
Part set, 3 volumes only (of 8). 4to (335 x 244 mm). 163 albumen print photographs mounted, mostly one to a page. Original decorative cloth gilt and blocked in black. Hinges cracking, numerous leaves loose, covers soiled.
Provenance: Raj Krishna.

FIRST EDITION of this remarkably comprehensive photographically-illustrated ethnographic study of India. The project was begun on the request of Lord Canning, Governor-General of India, initially as a souvenir of his time on the subcontinent. The officers of the British Army were instructed to go out and photograph "interesting subjects," and the results proved so extensive that a decision was made to publish them in the present format. The known contributing photographers were J.C.A. Dannenberg; Lieut. R.H. De Montmorency; Rev. E. Godfrey; Lieut. W.W. Hooper; Major Houghton; Capt. H.C. McDonald; J. Mulheran; Capt Oakes; Rev. G. Richter; Shepherd and Robertson; Dr. B. Simpson; Dr. B.W. Switzer; Capt H.C.B. Tanner; Capt. C.C. Taylor; and Lieut. J. Waterhouse.
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