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[EASTWICK, Edward Backhouse]

Dry Leaves from Young Egypt. By an Ex-Political.

Second Edition. [With a new Preface.]

Published: London, James Madden, 1851

Stock code: 46516

Price: £450

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First published in 1849, a further edition was published in 1851. Eastwick had been a moderating influence on Company conduct in Sindh, but after he was invalided home, control of policy had fallen to Sir Charles Napier who was opposed by Outram, the dedicatee of the present work. “Open antagonism was growing between the two men, partly perhaps because Outram had lost his independent status and been brought under Napier’s control, but within it there was also a fairly clear policy dispute over the nature of British rule in India and the place of former rulers, such as the amirs of Sind. Napier believed that the amirs were feudal relics, oppressors of the poor, and were opposed to all change that would bring prosperity at the loss of their power. While he may not have deliberately goaded the amirs into making war against the British, he certainly did not regret that their actions gave him an excuse for abolishing their power.” (ODNB) Eastwick states the case of the Amirs with some force; “When we say that Mir Rustam Khan was wronged, we do not, like Sir W. Napier, assert a thing at second-hand, on hearsay. We know it. We saw this wrong committed with our eyes – we heard it with our ears – and what is more, we can prove it.”

Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt, title gilt to spine on decorative banderolle with palm and palmetto leaves, portrait of the “Khan of Khypore” within decorative borders gilt to the upper board and in blind to the lower. Coloured lithographic frontispiece and 12 tinted lithographic plates, 2 folding genealogies, tables to text. Bookplate of C. E. Rusbridge to the front pastedown. A little rubbed, light browning, but overall a very good copy.

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