Through Town and Jungle.
Fourteen Thousand Miles A-Wheel Among the Temples and People of the Indian Plain. With map and two hundred and two illustrations. London T. Fisher Unwin 1904
First edition, pp.xxiv, 380, folding map, 202 illustrations (mostly plates). A very good copy in original gilt decorated cloth, top edge gilt. Slightly rubbed and bumped, cloth shows light soiling from age, edges lightly foxed. Map has a repaired 3cm tear at join, affecting only border.
An account of the visit of husband and wife to archaeological and artistic remains through large parts of India, including the Punjab, Madras, Orissa, Bengal, Mysore, Hyderebad, and Rajputana, via bicycle, including important locations such as the Ajanta caves and Bhuvaneswara. The illustrations are black and white photos, of which 192 were taken by the authors themselves. The work is not academic but a first hand account of a journey, and thus includes numerous observations about wildlife, peoples, and ways of life alongside the temples and wall paintings. Fanny Bullock Workman (1859–1925) and William Hunter Workman (1847–1937) were American explorers and mountaineers who took up their passion full time after William retired his medical practice in 1889. They explored southern Europe, the Sahara and Africa, the Middle East and most notably the Himalayas, where they conducted eight separate journeys, mostly on bicycles. They received ten medals of honour from geological institutes in Europe. Fanny was one of the first female professional mountaineers, and was the primary author of many of the couples works. She set several women's altitude records and championed women's rights.