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Author presentation copy of scarce first edition

[Eastwick, Edward Backhouse] Dry Leaves from Young Egypt: being a glance at Sindh before the arrival of Sir Charles Napier. By an Ex-Political. London James Madden 1849
First edition pp.vii, 253, 2 lithograph plates, folding table. A very good copy bound in contemporary full calf, spine a little rubbed. With presentation inscription from the author to Capt. Granville Jack.

Edward Backhouse Eastwick, 1814-1883, went to India in 1836, and with his ability with local languages was appointed to the Political department for Kattiawar and Sind. He returned to Europe in 1842 for reasons of ill health to become Professor of Hindustani at the East India College, Haileybury. This detailed narrative, based on the India Office records, remains the standard work on Sindh before Napier.