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TALES OF THE ZENANA.

VOL. I.

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There is a quaintness and simplicity in the roguery of the hero that makes his life as attractive as that of Guzman d'Alfarache or Gil Blas, and so we advise our readers not to be dismayed at the length of “Pandurang Hari,” but to read it resolutely through. If they do this they cannot, we think, fail to be both amused and interested.'-TIMES.

A picturesque and interesting tale.'-ATHENÆUM. 'A most interesting work, describing Mahratta life and character in a remarkably vivid and intelligent manner.'--FREEMAN.

"Some of the sketches and episodes are striking ... The adventures of three Pindaries are well told. There is a scene in which Pandurang locks up his enemies in a lonely cave, somewhat after the fashion by which Arbaces, in “The Last Days of Pompeii," confines the sole witness of the murder. Then the descriptions of Oriental camps, armed assemblages, police courts, and of the funeral of an old Hindoo, one of the few respectable characters of the memoir, are generally accurate in detail and decidedly curious in character.'--SATURDAY REVIEW.

'An obscure three-volume novel ... by an anonymous author, named “Pandurang Hari.” ... A most accurate and vivid picture of Mahratta life. We wish that Captain MEADOWS TAYLOR would look after “Pandurang Hari," and see if it would not be worth reprinting.'-Pall Mall GAZETTE.

A history which is a series of the wildest romances, out of which half-a-dozen historical novels might be constructed, such as the authors of “Pandurang Hari” and “Tara” wrote for the delight of their day and generation.'- ATHENÆUM.

'It possesses merits of a very rare kind, as a series of photographic pictures from the past generations of a great Indian nation.'— DAILY NEWS.

Full of adventures of the most stirring kind, from beginning to end, but it is the pictures of life rather than the adventures which are the valuable portions of the book.'-STANDARD.

Unquestionably the most interesting and curious record of Anglo-Indian literature.'-Echo.

HENRY S. KING & Co.

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HENRY S. KING & Co.
65 CORNHILL & 12 PATERNOSTER Row, LONDON.

1874.

251. 6. 784

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INTRODUCTION.

I have been asked to write an introduction to this booka task which should have been committed to Sir Bartle Frere, who has lately introduced the new edition of *Pandurang Hari,' the first work of the author of these *Tales of a Zenana.'

When Sir Bartle Frere wrote his introduction to Pandurang Hari,' he was not aware that its author, Mr. Hockley, had written any other work, and this work had become so rare that, up to the present time, only two copies have been found. “Pandurang Hari’ should be read after Colonel Meadows Taylor's novel, “Tara,' which is also now in course of re-publication by Messrs. King & Co. It treats of the same part of India and the same people, the Mahrattas, at a period a little subsequent to that of * Tara. Whilst •Tara' takes the heroic view of the Mahratta character, ‘Pandurang Hari' takes the prosaic or matter-of-fact view, and it might be said that the

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