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INDIA; Treaties.

A Collection of Treaties, Engagements and Sanads

relating to India and Neighbouring Countries. Compiled by C. U. Aitchison. Vol. I. containing the Treaties, &c., relating to the Punjab, the Punjab States and Delhi. Revised and continued up to 1929 by the authority of the Foreign and Political Department.

Calcutta: Government of India Central Publication Branch, 1931 Stock Code: 140885
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Fifth iteration of this important collection of treaties and sanads or deeds granted to the rulers of princely states confirming them in their role, in return for their allegiance to Britain; inevitably scarce, the printer's code shows that 665 copies were printed. As a competition wallah Aitchison (1832-1896) went out to India in September 1856, narrowly escaping a Mutiny massacre at Hissar in 1857, before being stationed at Amritsar. In 1865 he took up administrative work in the Punjab, where he was "extremely industrious and thorough in his work. He exercised a marked influence on successive governors-general, who trusted him for advice. During the earlier part of his service in the Indian foreign office he commenced a compilation entitled A Collection of Treaties, Engagements, and Sanads Relating to India and Neighbouring Countries; the first volume appeared at Calcutta in 1862, and eleven volumes were issued by 1892; each treaty was prefaced by a detailed historical narrative" (ODNB). Beginning in 1882 he enjoyed a remarkably successful period as governor-general of the Punjab, where he advocated the Indianization of the civil service.

An online search of institutional libraries cites just 9 locations (British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, King's College London, LSE, Scotland, SOAS, ZBW, and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek).

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Description

Large octavo (256 x 172 mm). Contemporary khaki half cloth, gilt-lettered spine, moderate brown cloth sides.

Condition

Library stamp to title page of Legal Adviser's Dept., Commonwealth Relations Office, Downing Street, and inscribed on the front pastedown, "Solicitor, India Office". Slight white ink splash to spine, light shelfwear and soiling, inner hinge cracked after title page but perfectly sound. A very good copy.

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