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(HASTINGS, Warren) GLEIG, G. R.

Memoirs of the Life of the Right Hon. Warren Hastings,

First Governor-General of Bengal. Compiled from Original Papers.

Published: London: Richard Bentley, 1841

Stock code: 65126

Price: £350

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First edition. The authorized biography, described by Macaulay as “the worst book ever written.” However, Gleig had access to “the whole of the family papers,” and usefulness of the portion of these “three big, bad volumes” – Macaulay again – that consists of “undigested correspondence,” surely outweighs Gleig’s “undiscerning panegyric.” An attractive set.

3 volumes octavo (220 133 mm) Contemporary tan calf, gamboge and dark tan contrast labels to the spines, compartments gilt with pomegranate, pine cone and foliate tools, double fillet gilt panels to the boards, foliate edge-roll, marbled edges and endpapers. Portrait frontispieces to volumes I and II. A little rubbed at the extremities, portraits foxed, but overall very good.

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