Hand book for India and Egypt, comprising the narrative
of a journey from Calcutta to England, by way of the River Ganges,
the north west of Hindostan, the Himalayas, the rivers Sutledge
and Indus, Bombay and Egypt, and hints for the guidance of passengers
by that and other overland routes to the three presidencies of
Title: Hand Book for India and Egypt .
Publisher: Wm. H. Allen & Co.
xx+492, one plate and one map (not
available in digital edition)
Dewey Code: 915.404314 P224h
Item Number: 3 2934 02220036 6
Holding Institution: La Trobe University Library Bundoora.
About the Book
This book is in two parts, the first part (pp. 1-278.)
is an account of the journey Stocqueler made starting in August
13 th 1840 from Calcutta up the Ganges and then up to Simla and
from there down the Indus to Bombay and from there to Egypt and
to England where he arrived on January 16 th 1841. Amongst the
many interesting features of the book is the account of the recent
introduction of steam ships on the Ganges and the Indus and the
revolution in transport which this has lead to. Also it is very
refreshing to read an account of Cawnpore from before 1857 which
instead of battles focuses on the ‘Gaieties of Cawnpore' (p. 83).
The Title plate from the Book
The second part, called ‘Appendix' (pp. 279-492), is a compendium
of materials that the author thought might be useful to people
intending to travel to India, including details on distances of
locations from each other, what to see and do in Egypt, how to
sail to India and guides to Madras and Calcutta. These two final
guides are very interesting in their own right and are some of
the earliest guides to each city available. The Calcutta guide
is an extract from a " Stranger's guide," by Mr. Mendes
of Calcutta , from 1841. It contains a reference to the establishment
of the Calcutta Public Library at the instigation of a ‘Mr Stocqueler'
(See also http://pib.nic.in/feature/feyr2003/fmar2003/f270320031.html ,
accessed: 09/10/2005 )
Note on the digitisation process
For the most part the digitisation
was fairly straightforward and the OCR process fairly trouble free.
However, some sections of the tables in the middle of the book
are not completely satisfactory or fully proof read. This is because
there are problems in working out how to deal with the arrangement
of the text in html format, due to the use of curly brackets relating
single items in one column to multiple items in another column,
which mean it is better to consult the pdf versions of these pages
Dr Peter G. Friedlander
La Trobe University, VIC 3086
Tel: 61 + 3 9479 2064
Fax: 61 + 3 9479 1880