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Publisher: Allahabad: North Western Provinces and Oudh Government Press, 1890.
Description:A very rare and interesting late Victorian Handbook intended for...A very rare and interesting late Victorian Handbook intended for the use of colonial officers. Original brown paper covered boards with black titling to the front and a black cloth spine. Size: 17.7 x 27cm. Pages: v + 196 + xiii. "This collection of notes on the castes of the North-Western Provinces and Oudh is the result of several years' study. As it is most improbably that I shall be able to carry out my original intention of preparing a complete Ethnographical Glossary for the Province, I have now put these notes into order in the hope that they may be of some use to the officers engaged in the approaching Provincial Census. I have grouped allied castes under general heads and added a tribal index." The Handbook presents tribes and clans in alphabetical order with detailed descriptions. It includes a detailed bibliography, and a very long tribal index. The author, William Crooke (1848-1923), was an orientalist. Based on his experiences as an Administrator in India he wrote extensively on Anglo-Indian folklore, ancient civilisations, religions, beliefs and customs. Condition: this is an ex-university library copy with a couple of small labels to the front board (inside and out), and a "withdrawn" stamp to the title page. The boards are in Good Plus condition, with some soiling, rubbing to the corners, and a nick to the bottom edge at the front. There is 1cm and 0.5cm loss to the cloth at the head and tail of the spine. The binding is secure. Previous owner's name to the title page. Tanning to the endpapers. The pages are in near-fine, clean condition. Book ref 531.
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