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The Madras Almanac and Compendium of Intelligence for 1845.

Compiled from the most authentic sources, and published for the benefit of the Military Male Orphan Asylum.

Published: Madras: Printed and published by Edmund Marsden, at the Asylum Press, Mount Road, 1845

Stock code: 66430

Price: £1,500

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First edition. These local vade mecums, annual publications produced using local materials, are inevitably uncommon on the market. Although substantial at around c.700 pages, they have a low survival rate. That they were retained after their supersession is demonstrated by the fact that this copy has the presentation inscription dated in 1849 of the Massachusetts-born missionary and educator of Ceylon, Rev. Daniel Poor, to the title page. Genuinely compendious, covering the civil, military and religious establishments, including salaries; the legal administration; professional regulations, including those for palankeen bearers; post office regulations and charges; ship arrivals and departures; births, deaths, marriages and estates probated within the presidency; this is an excellent source of reference for the understanding of the nature of the British administration in India.

Octavo (225 148 mm). Contemporary sheep on marbled boards, skilfully rebacked to style with the original label laid down. 3 hand-coloured plates of signal flags, based upon Marryat’s system. Slightly rubbed on the boards, part of front free endpaper neatly excised, typically somewhat browned, and consequently brittle in the margins, but overall a very good copy, sensitively restored.

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