AN INSCRIBED COPY OF DALRYMPLE’S WHITE MUGHALS, WHICH WON THE WOOLFSON PRIZE
FOR HISTORY AND THE SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
DALRYMPLE, William. White Mughals. Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India. London: Clays Ltd, St Ives plc for HarperCollinsPublishers, 2002.
Octavo (232 x 151mm), pp. xliii, [1 (blank)], 580, [16 (blank)]. 8 colour-printed plates with illustrations recto-and-verso and 4 monochrome plates with illustrations recto-and-verso. Illustrations and 2 full-page maps in the text. (A few small, marginal marks, some traces of pencilled doodles on the first few ll.) Original black boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, colour-printed pictorial endpapers, dustwrapper, price-clipped. (Minimally rubbed at extremities, traces of removed labels on upper pastedown and dustwrapper, dustwrapper slightly faded and creased at edges.) A very good copy. Provenance: Brigit (‘Biddy’) Ursula Hope Barlow and Erasmus Darwin Barlow, 2 October 2002 (1916-2004 and 1915-2005, autograph presentation inscription on title ‘Biddy & Erasmus With best wishes Willie Dalrymple 2nd October 2002’, apparently written in two campaigns, with the words ‘& Erasmus’ and ‘With best wishes’ inserted into the inscription ‘Biddy Willie Dalrymple 2nd October 2002’; their library at Digswell Manor, Ashwell, Hertfordshire) – Wendy Ford, Ashwell, Hertfordshire, 14 May 2006 (printed booklabel on half-title, with manuscript note ‘Bought house sale 14.05.06. Ashwell Digswell Manor’ on ‘Post-It’ on half-title) – G. David, Cambridge (bookseller’s ticket on upper pastedown).
First edition. White Mughals marked a shift in Dalrymple’s writing from travel-writing to a more historical style, and explores Anglo-Indian society in the late 18th and early 19th centuries through the life of James Achilles Kirkpatrick, examining the phenomenon that he terms ‘transculturation’, whereby the British and Indian characters permeated each others’ cultures. It won both the Woolfson Prize for History and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award.
This copy appears to have been originally inscribed by the author to Biddy Barlow on 2 October 2002, and then at a later point Dalrymple has added the name of her husband, the physician and psychiatrist Erasmus Barlow, and the words ‘With best wishes’ with a different pen. Erasmus Barlow FRCPsych, FZS was the great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and was educated at Marlborough College, Trinity College, Cambridge (where Dalrymple had also studied), and University College Hospital. In addition to his roles as senior lecturer and honorary consultant in psychological medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, Barlow also served as Vice Chairman of the Mental Health Research Fund and Secretary of the Zoological Society of London.
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