Voyages dans l'Inde (Garnier Frères edition)

Author: Soltykoff, Le Prince Alexis
Year: 1858
Edition: 3rd edition
Publisher: Garnier Frères
Category: Prince Alexis Soltykoff

 
 
Large 8vo. , contemporary green shagreen over green, blindstamped cloth. Collation: 2 preliminary blanks, half title with printer's name on verso, blank with vignette on verso, title, a map, pp. 451, blank, vignette, trailing blanks. Complete with 36 magnificent lithographs in duotone, all protected by tissue guards.

No date, but most likely 1858. Often 1853 or 1854 is mentioned as the year of publication for this Garnier Fréres edition, however, the third edition of "Voyage en Perse" was published by Lecou in 1854, so that 1858 is more likely as the year of publication by Garnier Frères than 1853, however, likely more editions may have been published with the same title page {2}.

The map shows the routes followed by the author in red and blue of his two voyages to India, from 1841-1843 and during 1845-1846 respectively.

Travelling in the 1840's probably was a bit harder than in modern times. March 28th 1841 he started his letter as follows:

En mer, entre Bombay et Ceylan, à bord d'un vaisseau à voiles, 28 mars 1841

Nous sommes depuis bien des jours, je ne sais plus
combien, à bord d'un vaisseau marchand à voiles, près
de la côte de Malabar, toujours côtoyant, avec un calme
presque continnel. Voilà deux jours que nous ne pouvons
perdre de vue un endroit nommé Mangalor. Il fait une
chaleur énervante; on dort sur le pont, et le moins cou-
vert possible. Le jour on a des habits par égard pour les
femmes, mais d'une légèreté fabuleuse, comme on n'en
fait qu'aux Indes : pantalon, chemise et veste blancs, en
grass-cloth, espèce de batiste, et aussi transparents que
le permet la décence (européenne). C'est fort heureux qu'il
fasse chaud (27° Réaumur à l'ombre, et 37° au soleil),
car les cabines sont pleine d'immenses cockroaches.


In this edition partly the stones of the 1848 Amyot edition have been used, partly the stones of the Curmer edition and partly new stones were used.

The plates have been lithographed by Cupper, De Rudder, Gerlier, Lehnert, Marchais, Robinson, Trayer and Walter and were printed by Auguste Bry, Lemercier and Plista.


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