Bishop Heber’s Narrative, Set of 3; 1828, Second Ed.

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Authors: Richard Heber
Size (WxDxH): 5.75 x 1.75 x 8.75 inches each
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Year: 1828
Edition: Second Edition


This is a second edition (1828) of the three volume set of Reginald Heber’s ‘Narrative of a Journey through the Upper Provinces of India, from Calcutta to Bombay, 1824-1825’ (with notes on Ceylon). They include ‘An account of a journey to Madras and the Southern Provinces, 1826. And letters written in India.’ In this edition, there are three volumes with 28 wood-engraved plates and tissue guards. It was published posthumously by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. A part of an original hand written letter by Heber, with a signature, has been tipped into Volume I inside the front cover.

Background History:
Richard Heber (1783–1826), a pastor, poet and hymn writer, was appointed Bishop of Kolkata in 1823, which at that time included the whole of India, Sri-Lanka and Australia. After three years in India, in which he travelled a great deal, Heber died suddenly while visiting Tiruchirappalli, on April 3, 1826 at the age of 42. “Reginald Heber was an English bishop, man of letters and hymn-writer... The son of a rich landowner and cleric, Heber gained fame at the University of Oxford as a poet. After graduation he made an extended tour of Scandinavia, Russia and Central Europe. Ordained in 1807, he took over his father's old parish, Hodnet, Shropshire. He was consecrated Bishop of Calcutta in October 1823.”

This volume of books is in very good condition, with some light foxing on a few pages. The covers are contemporary vellum, spines gilt with morocco labels. A little rubbed and stained. Presentation inscription is to Edward Cheney (1803-1884) dated ‘Palermo 1828’. Cheney was a 19th century collector and patron of the arts. He was a watercolour painter of the Grand Tour views including Palermo. He amassed an important collection of Venetian paintings and drawings, and was a friend and patron of Thomas Hartley Cromek. The sale of Cheney’s collection took place at Sotheby’s in 1885.