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Selections from the Records of the Government of India. (Foreign Department.)

Published by Authority. No. III. Papers relating to the Resignation of His Excellency General Sir Chas. J. Napier, G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief in India.

Published: Calcutta: Thos. Jones, "Calcutta Gazette" Office, 1853

Stock code: 106233

Price: £500

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First and sole edition, most uncommon: Copac locates only three copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Oxford, LSE, SOAS), OCLC adds three more worldwide (University College Cork, Minnesota, Wisconsin). It was published at the request of Lord Dalhousie, whose “controversy with [Napier] regarding certain new regulations affecting the grant to the Sepoys of compensation for dearness of provisions, led to the latter’s resignation” (Buckland, Dictionary of Indian Biography, p. 106). This copy has an Indian association as it is inscribed at the head of the title page: “Col[one]l Maclean – Ardgour House”. This would seem to be George Maclean (d. 1862?), one of the sons of Alexander Maclean, 13th Laird of Ardgour (Lochaber); he was a colonel in the Royal Artillery, who served as ADC to Sir Colin Campbell when the latter was Governor of Ceylon and subsequently married one of his daughters. The Gentleman’s Magazine for July 1847 describes him as “serving in India”. During their service together in India Napier had accompanied a column of East India Company troops under Sir Colin Campbell on the north-west frontier. In 1852 Campbell resigned his post, angered by the attacks against him by Dalhousie and the press; Napier wrote “My friend Colin Campbell has been driven from India”.

Octavo. Original grey limp cloth, paper label on front cover. Spine and periphery of covers sunned, bump at head of spine (with concomitant light creasing of leaves), otherwise clean and in remarkably good condition.

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