Travels in Kashmir and the Panjab, Containing a Particular Account of the Government and Character of the Sikhs
By: Baron Charles Hugel, Translated from German with Notes by Major T.B. Jervis
First published in 1845, this edition was reprinted in 2000 by Low Price Publications, Delhi. It is a hardcover book in very good condition, no dust jacket, coverboards showing some light shelf wear and small corner dent. Size: 9" x 6". 420 pages including a few illustrations.
Although this is a travel journal printed from notes and diary entries, Baron Hugel includes a good amount of local background and history as he knew it. It is interesting to hear details and perceptions from the mid 19th century, and piece that together with what we know today. Baron Hugel is articulate, observant, and insightful in his view of the Sikhs and Maharaja Ranjit Singh's kingdom.
Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Preparations for the journey. 2. The Panjab. 3. Confines of India and Tibet. 4. Arrival at Kashmir. 5. The Guru or Sikh priest. 6. Approach to Atok. 7. Approach to the Sikh capital. 8. Entrance to Lahor. 9. Early history of Ranjit Singh's ancestors. 10. Journey homeward. 11. Brief political and geographical remarks on the kingdom founded by Ranjit Singh, and on the Panjab.
This is a book that can be found free of charge in the google archives, for $.99 in the Kindle edition, or in "print-on-demand". It is a good book to start your collection with and start understanding the writing style of the British-era travel logs.