HAMILTON, Francis.

An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal, and of the territories annexed to this Dominion by the House of Gorkha.

Published: Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company,

Date: 1819

First edition, 4to, (viii), 364, (2) pp, bound without the half title. 7 plates (5 folding) plus a folding map, some occasional light foxing, old repaired tears to the inner margin of the four leaves of the preliminaries, 20th century inscription and very small booklabel to front endpapers. Uncut in the original boards, edges rubbed, neatly rebacked with new endpapers.

A surgeon in the East India Company, Hamilton (né Buchanan) was appointed to a succession of survey posts in Asia, initially in Burma and India. His two years (1802-04) in Nepal were followed by a brief interlude as director of the Natural History Project of India, a short-lived scheme instigated by his patron, Lord Wellesley, and eventually a topographical survey of Bengal. Composed after his return to England, the work includes an appendix containing daily meteorological observations for just over a year during his stay.


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