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William Dalrymple WHITE MUGHALS Signed Hardback
William Dalrymple WHITE MUGHALS Signed Hardback

William Dalrymple WHITE MUGHALS Signed Hardback

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First edition, second print hardback of Love & Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India, published by HarperCollinsPublishers, in 2002. Signed by Dalrymple on the title page
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First edition, second print hardback of WHITE MUGHALS Love & Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India, by William Dalrymple and published by HarperCollinsPublishers, London, in 2002. Signed by Dalrymple on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (clean black cloth boards with gold lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (very slight creasing to edges, tiny nick to the bottom corner at the back). There are small light brown spots on some parts of the front page ends but this is pretty minor in nature. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

William Dalrymple's first book, In Xanadu, won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award. His second, City of Djinns, won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His third, From the Holy Mountain, was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and the Thomas Cook Award. A collection of his pieces about India, The Age of Kali, was published in 1998. White Mughals is Dalrymple's fifth major book.

"White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.

James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad when in 1798 he glimpsed Khair un-Nissa - 'Most Excellent among Women' - the great niece of the Nizam's Prime Minister, and a direct descendant of the Prophet. Kirkpatrick had gone out to India as an ambitious soldier in the army of the East India Company, eager to make his name in the conquest and subjection of the subcontinent. Instead, he fell in love with Khair, and overcame many obstacles to marry her - not least of which was the fact that she was locked away in purdah and engaged to a local nobleman. Eventually, while remaining Resident, Kirkpatrick converted to Islam, and according to Indian sources even became a double-agent working for the Hyderabadis against the East India Company.

It is a remarkable story, involving secret assignations, court intrigue, harem politics, religious disputes and espionage. But such things were not unknown; from the early sixteenth century, when the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of difficulty and embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. William Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart, who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his templeful of idols; and who spent many years trying to persuade the memsahibs of Calcutta to adopt the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony, Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi, who took all thirteen of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of their own elephant.

In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal. The product of five years writing and research, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's reputation as one of the finest writers at work today."

‘A gorgeous, spellbinding and important book... A tapestry of magnificent set pieces and a moving romance. William Dalrymple’s story of a colonial love affair will change our views about British India.’ - Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

580 pages. Illustrated with numerous colour and black & white photographic plates, illustrated endpapers. Includes glossary, notes, bibliography, and index.

ISBN: 0 00 711226 2

NOTE: This is a heavy book, weighing over 1 KG

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1649
  • Weight:
    1.34kg