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MILES, William.

The Shajrat ul Atrak, or Genealogical Tree of the Turks and Tatars;

Translated and Abridged ...

Published: London: Wm. H. Allen, and Co., 1838

Stock code: 67907

Price: £2,000

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First edition. Uncommon, OCLC shows just eight copies in North America. The “chief value … is its details of Ghengis Khan and his successors” (ODNB). Miles served with the 1st Bombay native infantry at Alexandria in 1801, and “in operations against Baroda and in 1804 at Bharatpur. He became captain on 27 March 1815, and in the same year was made commandant of the British guard at Baroda. In 1817 he captured the fortified town of Palanpur, reinstating the rightful heir; afterwards he acted for some years as political superintendent of the state.” In 1824 he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Bombay European regiment, and in 1826 “concluded a treaty with the chiefs of Suigam, in Gujarat, formerly noted freebooters, who after the treaty became peaceful cultivators. He was subsequently resident in Cutch and political agent in Gujarat. He became brevet colonel on 1 December 1829, and retired from the command of the 9th Bombay native infantry on 28 July 1834.” He subsequently translated a number of works for the Oriental Translation Fund. Miles died in 1860. The Lindsay crest suggests a possible connection with Sir Alexander Lindsay who had a long career in artillery in India, entering the Bengal artillery in 1804, serving with the Dinapore division of Ochterlony’s army in the Nepal campaigns of 1814–6, and in the operations against the Pindaris in 1817–8. He commanded the artillery of General Morrison’s division engaged in Arakan during the First Anglo-Burmese War 1825–6 and was transferred to the royal army as a colonel-commandant with the Bengal artillery in 1860.

Octavo (215 113 mm). Contemporary black morocco, flat spine, title gilt direct to spine which is gilt in compartments, gilt panels to the boards, corner-pieces composed of foliate and arabesque tools, gilt crest of the Lindsay clan to the upper board, all edges gilt, cream surface-paper endpapers, somewhat oxidized. Engraved map. A little rubbed at the extremities, endpapers oxidized as noted, contents clean and sound, a very good copy.

Bibliography: Atabey 811

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