An 1836 account of the overland journey to India by a military officer of the 31st Regiment


Skinner, Major Thomas, 31st Regiment: Adventures During an Overland Journey to India By Way of Egypt, Syria, and the Holy Land. Richard Bentley [London] 1836 First Edition 2 volumes 8vo.

Vol I: Frontispiece portrait, xi, 324pp; vol II: Engraved frontispiece of Lake Tiberias, xi, 291pp. Fine contemporary binding of diced full leather gilt, all edges marbled, a vertical mark down the front board of vol 1 but very little other wear, tight, sound and very clean internally with no previous ownership markings. The half titles have been omitted as was usual practice in binding at this period when the half title was mainly a way of identifying the book without opening it. Skinner was an officer serving in the 31st Regiment (Huntingdonshire). The work ends with a brief description of Muscat as Skinner takes ship for Calcutta. It recounts the difficulties and interest of the lengthy journey needed if one was to avoid the long and perilous voyage on an East Indiaman.

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