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The history of the military transactions of the British nation in Indostan, from the year MDCCXLV. To which is prefixed a dissertation on the establishments made by Mahomedan conquerors in Indostan

By [Robert Orme]

1773

John Nourse : London

11" by 9"

(6) 420 (2); (3) 365; (1) 367-739pp. (3)

 

 

 

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A scarce and extremely important work regarding the history of India by noted authority on India and British historian, Robert Orme. Profusely illustrated with many fascinating and demonstrative folding maps and plates.

ESTC Citation No. T204681. The second edition of the work. Very scarce. Two volumes bound in three. With the personal bookplate of Sir John Eden to the front pastedown of both volumes. Eden was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons as MP for Durham County between 1774 and 1790. Collated as follows: Volume One contains eight folding plates and one further plate. It is lacking one of the plates of Coromandel. The directions for the binder states the work should contain two maps of Coromandel with this work only containing one. Volume Two contains over the two books nineteen folding plates and five other plates. The work is lacking two folding plates. These are 'Bengal and Bahar' which should be bound at page 119 and 'View of Tanjore' which should be bound at page 329. A total of twenty seven folding plates and six other plates across both volumes. Lacking a total of three. Robert Orme was a British historian of India. Orme, joined the British East India Company in 1743 in Bengal as a writer and was renowned for his knowledge of Indian customs and was asked for his views regarding a number of important political decisions, including regulations on the police in Calcutta and military operations in Carnatic. Shortly after his return to Englan in 1760, Orme was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a prestigious royal society focused on the increased knowledge of the antiquities and history of other countries. The History of the Military Transactions of the British Nation in Indostan is Orme's most well-known and successful work and draws on Orme's thoughts and writing collected across his extensive time and experiences in India. The detailed historical work was met with much critical acclaim, with a key endorsement from scholar Sir William Jones greatly increasing the works publicity. The work went through a number of editions in Orme's lifetime, with the fifth edition published two years before Orme's death in 1801. The work is an important historical account of great scope and detail from a highly regarded scholar of Indian culture and history, improved further with the inclusion of many demonstrative and detailed maps and plates.

CONDITION

In uniform calf bindings with gilt detail. Externally generally smart with slight rubbing. A few light marks to the boards. Loss to the spine labels of volumes one and three. Joints tender but still reasonably firm. Personal bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes. Internally firmly bound. Page generally bright and clean with just some marginal age toning and the odd spot heavier to the first and last few pages. Lacking three folding plates across the three volumes. Folding maps and plates are in excellent condition with just some marginal age toning, creasing, very minor closed tears to the extremities and the odd spot. Slight offsetting to pages from folding plates.

Overall Condition: Good

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