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WHITEHOUSE, Thomas.

Some Historical Notices of Cochin on the Malabar Coast.

Published: Cottayam: C.M. Press, 1859

Stock code: 94804

Price: £1,500

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First edition and rare: OCLC locates just 5 copies and the copy at the British Library is the only one in British and Irish institutional libraries; no copy is recorded at auction. Possibly a presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the verso of the front wrapper: “With T.W’s best regards”. Thomas Whitehouse was a minister of the Government Church at Cochin. He writes in a breezy style, opening his brief history: “In the year A.D. 1500, the good folks living in the cocoanut topes which fringe the sea coast boundaries of the Cochin Rajah’s Dominions, had their curiosity excited (so far as the enervating effects of a tropical sun in Lat. 10 degrees N. would admit) by the unusual sight of a fleet of ten or twelve strange looking ships, sailing towards the south, hugging the shore as much as they could with safety, and evidently looking out for a favourable haven”. This is also a fragile survival from the Christian Mission Press that was established at Cottayam (or Kottayam) in the 1820s by the Yorkshire-born missionary Benjamin Baily.

Octavo (pp. 44). Late 19th century green sand-grain cloth, gilt lettered front cover, blue original printed wrappers bound in. Hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece and 2 similar plates, 2 lithographic plans coloured in outline. Wrappers somewhat stained and with some minor chipping, pale dampstain to fore-margin of frontispiece and title.

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