STRACHAN, J. M.
Juggernaut: It’s Present State,
under British Patronage & Support, as settled by Lord Auckland. With an Introductory Letter to Lord Fitzgerald and Vesci.
Second edition, originally published in 1842, but with a new Introductory Letter (dated 1843); both editions are rare, this one recorded by Copac in only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), and OCLC locates just one (Peabody Essex Museum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of title page: “The Revd. Dr Jarvis, with the author’s respects”. “Juggernaut” was the British word for the enormous Hindu temple car used at the Jagannath Temple at Puri. The East India Company extracted a toll from visitors to the shrine and there was uproar in some quarters in Britain about what was considered a levy on “idolatry”. Lord Auckland oversaw the abolition of the practice in 1839. Strachan mentions in his Introductory Letter that publication of this revised edition had been suspended because of the “disastrous intelligence from Affghanistan [sic]”, a reference to the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42).
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Octavo. Stitched as issued. A touch of foxing to title page, light signs of handling to back cover. An excellent copy.