A superb set
First impressions and studies from nature in Hindostan;
embracing an Outline of the Voyage to Calcutta, and Five Years Residence in Bengal and the Doab, from MDCCCXXXI to MDCCCXXXVI. London Wm. H Allen & Co. 1837
First edition. Two volumes, 8vo (22 x 11 cm), pp.xix, , 406, xiv, 436, 26 plates, map. A superb set bound in full plum morocco, stamped in gilt and blind. All edges gilt. Presentation inscription from William R. M. Thoyts to C. E. J. Cooke, on the occasion of his leaving Eton, Christmas 1845.
A classic account of British India, describing five years' service in country, intended by the author as a "delineation of India and its Society, Anglo-Indian and Native, exactly as they are", rather than a more fanciful, exoticising account. Whether it is a tiger hunt conducted atop elephants, or the description of a ruined Mughal observatory, Bacon restricts himself to the facts, as he saw them. Thomas Bacon (1813-92), a lieutenant in the Bengal Horse Artillery, was an amateur artist of some competence. The illustrations here are all after his own drawings, reduced to scale. While relatively simple, ranging from village bazaars to picturesque rocks, they are evocative, and neatly fitted to his text.