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Lot 170: His Highness the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh. The Goshawk and Its Treatment. 1862.

To be sold at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on 10th Jul 2013

Catalogue Description

His Highness the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh. The Goshawk and Its Treatment. 1862.

A manuscript on the Goshawk written on 72 leaves of a quarto ruled book. The title page with his name. The manuscript deals with the general treatment and training of the bird both in sickness and health with various recipes to cure many and various diseases to which it may succumb, including wounds, apoplexy, giddiness and shaking the head, Cataract(s), diseased chaps and mouth, swelling of the feet, diseased liver and gout. The earlier, major part of the work written in a clear, legible hand with no mistakes as if a fair copy from earlier versions, the last four pages which contain “Receipts from Lathams Falconry” are in a more hurried script and possibly written sometime after the main text. Rubbed morocco binding with a morocco label on the upper board.

Condition Report

* The Marharajah Dhuleep Singh (1838-1893) was the last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire, crowned in 1843; he was dethroned six years later by the East India Company and exiled to Britain in 1853 where he became a favourite of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. After a spell in Europe he lived in Perthshire where he acquired the nickname of “The Black Prince of Perthshire.” Throughout his stay in Scotland he was a keen sportsman and in 1853 removed to the Elveden Estate close to Thetford on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk. Here he rebuilt the run down estate into one of the most efficient game preserves in England and it was here that he gained his reputation as the fourth best shot in England. His extravagances in the rebuilding of the estate, the village church and school and many of the cottages on his estate led to him running up huge debts and on his decease the estate was sold to pay these off.


Price Achieved: £5200.00

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Sale Details

This lot was presented at at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on the 10th Jul 2013

Further Information about the sale:

This sale includes a fine collection of 4 Albrecht Dürer engravings from the collection of Sir Clifford Curzon and Lady Curzon. Another great treasure to be offered in the sale is a copy of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), the Theatre of the World. This vellum bound collection of 70 engraved maps on 53 double page map sheets is the work of Abraham Ortelius, and the work is considered to be the first modern atlas.

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