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Main Gateway, Fort Hyderabad<br />
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An incredible collection of some of the earliest ever sketches of India have emerged for sale for £12,000.<br />
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The images were drawn up in 1843 by Lieutenant William Edwards while he was posted to the country during the British invasion.<br />
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The 10 stunning pictures show magnificent forts and buildings, bleak terrain, and general Indian life at that time.<br />
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The drawings were reproduced for a commercial book by Charles Haghe who also added colour and made special lithographs of each picture for a deluxe version.<br />
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It is believed only around 100 of these limited edition books featuring the colour plates were printed at the time.<br />
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Edwards presented a copy of the deluxe book, named 'Sketches in Scinde', to the mother of William Cornish, who was a military doctor at the time.<br />
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The 171 year old book has been owned by a private collector who has now decided to sell it.<br />
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It is expected to fetch £12,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in London.