HODGSON, Brian Houghton. 17960

£100

Description

Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. Halliday, sending the prepared skin of a Flying Squirrel, discussing its distinguishing features, but believing the differences to be “casual & that the species is the same as the unmarked-backed one or Magnificus”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, corners torn where formerly mounted, otherwise good. Probably India or Nepal, undated. Uncommon. Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801-1894), pioneer naturalist and ethnologist working in India and Nepal where he was a British Resident. He described numerous species of birds and mammals from the Himalayas, and several birds were named after him by others such as Edward Blyth. He was a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and wrote extensively on a range of topics relating to linguistics and religion. He was an opponent of the British proposal to introduce English as the official medium of instruction in Indian schools.