Something I always have difficulty in parting with are any old guide books from the early 1900s such as Baedekers and Michelin, and the subject of this blog is a particularly fine 1924 copy of Murray’s Handbook of India, Burma and Ceylon.
Not sure if it is because of the maps they generally contain (I love maps!) or the different age of travel they represent, but I always seem to end up buying these when I see them at auction.
The Murray’s guide actually came from a private seller along with other items from the life of an ancestor of theirs who travelled to Asia and the Far East. This particular book is in fantastic condition, hardly opened, and has 85 maps and plans, mainly of India but also Mandalay, Rangoon and Colombo Ceylon. Lots of these are street plans (useful for assessing how places have changed) but also maps of the Indian Mutiny, North West Frontier etc.
A beautiful book – have a look at some example pages below – that will be a wrench to part with, for sale on Reynard Collectables ebay store here!