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MALCOLM, Sir John.

Sketch of the Political History of India,

from the Introduction of Mr. Pitt's Bill, A.D. 1784, to the Present Date.

Published: London: William Miller, 1811

Stock code: 102873

Price: £450

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First edition. Sir John Malcolm (1794-1833) served in India for nearly fifty years and here discusses, from first hand experience, the administrations of Cornwallis, Wellesley, and Sir George Barlow; he concludes with a chapter of ‘General Reflections on the Government of India’. “Influence in moulding policies undergirding imperial structures in India cast him as one the most able officers ever to have served the East India Company and the rising Indian empire. In the words of Malcolm Yapp, ‘he was the ideologue par excellence of British India … His insight, his imagination, his willingness to think outside accepted patterns, and, above all, his capacity to bring in a range of considerations far beyond that of which others were capable, all mark him out as a man of real intellectual genius'” (M. E. Yapp, Strategies of British India: Britain, Iran and Afghanistan, 1798–1850, 1980, p. 53).

Octavo (247 144 mm). Contemporary calf, decorative gilt and blind tooled spine, two-line gilt border on sides enclosing blind roll-tool border, gilt Greek key roll turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers. Contemporary armorial bookplate on front pastedown of [Sir] Henry Wakeman (1753-1831), who served in the East India Company. An attractive, large copy (errata and terminal advertisement leaves present), with an appealing ‘British India’ provenance.

Bibliography: Riddick pp. 239-40.

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