FORREST, G.W. (ed.)
Selections from the Letters, Despatches, and other State Papers preserved in the Bombay Secretariat. Home Series Vol. I [& II].
First edition. Uncommon. Some of the first fruits of Forrest’s archival work which was to lead to the establishment of the Imperial Record Office in Calcutta, in 1884 ” he was seconded to examine the records preserved in the Bombay secretariat – a task which bore fruit in a Maratha (1885) and a home (1887) series of state papers. In April 1888, after some months as professor of English and history at Elphinstone College, Forrest was finally freed from teaching duties to become the first director of records at Bombay. Shortly afterwards he was summoned to investigate the official records at Calcutta, a duty from which he produced his first volume of Selections from the State Papers in the Foreign Department (1890). Under Lord Lansdowne’s viceregal patronage, Forrest went on to create and preside over the Imperial Record Office at Calcutta … Forrest was knighted in 1913 and lived to see government record offices all over India undertake ambitious publishing programmes … In his commentaries Forrest always celebrated imperial advance. Nevertheless, in making so many documents available to the public he had opened the way for a new type of history of British India, one that broke with the privileged narratives of inside men such as J. W. Kaye: it was a lasting achievement” (ODNB).
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2 volumes quarto (302 242 mm). Near contemporary brown buckram, title gilt to spines, edges sprinkled red, green endpapers. Ex-Liverpool Free Public Library with small gilt roundels to the spine, ink stamps verso of the title pages, and neat accession labels to the rear pastedowns, a little rubbed, light browning and a scatter of foxing front and back