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MALLESON, George Bruce.

Essays and Lectures on Indian Historical Subjects.

1. A Native State and its Rulers: 2. Lord Lake of Laswaree: 3. Count Lally: 4. Havelock: 5. Hyder Ali's Last War.

Published: London & Calcutta: Trübner & Co.; R.C. Lepage, 1866

Stock code: 99435

Price: £450

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First edition, uncommon with just six locations on Copac, OCLC adding thirteen. “With the exception of the paper on Havelock … these Essays and Lectures were compiled during the course of the past year. Their publication in connected form is due to the fact that the original editions of the most of them, published in India, have been long since exhausted, and demand has arisen which the publishers are unable to supply” (Advertisement). Mussoorie School was founded in 1849 as Grant Lodge by the Rev. Robert North Maddock “an excellent classic and a strict disciplinarian. Such a school was then greatly wanted in the Hills, and many officers gladly availed themselves of it, and sent their sons to be trained by Maddock” (Warburton, Eighteen Years on the Khyber, p.6). The school was subsequently taken over by the Diocesan Board of Education. The recipient of the Second Classical Prize in 1872 was William Prest Housden, who subsequently trained at the Thomason College and became an executive engineer in the Indian Public Works Department, working in the North West Provinces and Oudh in the 1890s.

Octavo (183 113 mm). Contemporary russia prize binding for Mussoorie School, black morocco label, low, narrow gilt milled bands, compartments with lozenge centre-tool, scrolled foliate corner-pieces, school crest gilt centrally to both boards enclosed within double fillet gilt panel, gilt foliate edge roll, floral roll in blind to the turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers. A little light shelf-wear, small patch of worming to the upper board and joint carrying through only to the hinge, presentation inscription to the first blank, light browning, but overall a very good copy.

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