4to, pp. [iv], xx, 386, , with 14 plates (one hand-coloured), and a folding map (torn at hinge); occasional light spotting and browning, but a good, large copy, untrimmed in modern calf-backed boards; minor wear, spine a little faded.
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First edition. In 1792 Kirkpatrick led a diplomatic mission to Nepal, ‘leading the first Britons into that kingdom’ (Oxford DNB). He was sent by Lord Cornwallis to gather information and mediate in a dispute between Nepal and China over Tibet. He spent three weeks in Nepal and wrote his account of the trip for the Government and the East India Company. Kirkpatrick left India in 1802 and upon his return to Britain he helped to select the books for the East India Company’s library, now at the British Library, and published translations of documents that had been found at Seringapatam in 1804, and his account of Nepal in 1811.
The book contains detailed information about Nepal and its people and has an appendix of letters and official papers relating to the 1792 mission. The book was the main reference work on Nepal for many years.
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