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The Advantages of an Alliance with the Great Mogul:

In which are principally considered Three Points of the highest Importance to the British Nation. I. The immediate Preservation and future Prosperity of the East India Company. II. The legal Acquisition of an immense Revenue to Great Britain. III. The promoting of a vast Increase in the Exports of British Manufactures. Second edition. With a Postscript, obviating Doubts.

Published: London: for T. Cadell; J. Millan; and Richardson and Urquhart, 1774

Stock code: 94258

Price: £500

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Second edition, the same year as the first, with an additional gathering at the end “obviating Doubts”; one of three printed attempts made by Morrison, a former major in the service of the East India Company, to attract attention to his proposal of an alliance with his employer Shah Alam II, the Mughal Emperor. The provinces of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa would be given over to the English in exchange for arms, military training, and payment of the tribute owed to the Shah. One of the many arguments that Morrison advanced in its favour was that it would prevent the Mughal Empire falling into the Russian sphere of influence. The pamphlet includes transcripts of letters Morrison had written to the governor of Bengal, John Cartier, on the same subject.

Octavo (205 127 mm) in fours except for the last gathering. Contemporary tree calf, flat spine gilt with floral sprays and stars, red morocco label. Engraved bookplate of Harriot Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans (née Mellon; 1777–1837). Front joint cracked at head and tail, front hinge inner cracked but cords and leather holding, spine label just lifting in one corner, binder’s blanks tanned from turn-ins, small hole in last leaf costing a few letters on recto only, the sense easily guessed, nevertheless a most attractive copy overall.

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