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MICHAUD, Joseph François.

Histoire des progrès de la la chûte de l'empire de Mysore, sous les règnes d'Hyder-Aly et Tippoo-Saïb;

contentant l'historique des guerres des souverains de Mysore avec les Anglais et les différentes puissances de l'Inde; une esquisse de la conquête de l'Egypte, considérée par rapport à l'Inde; les lettres de Bonaparte au chérif de la Mecque, et à Saïb; les négociations de Tippoo avec le gouverneur de l'Ile-de-France, et sa correspondance avec le directoire; la relation du siège et de la prise de Seringapatam; le recueil des papiers trouvés dans le palais de Tippoo-Saïb; des détails curieux sur la vie et la mort du sultan de Mysore; un examen des résultats de cette dernière guerre; la situation actuelle des principales puissances de l'Inde; le tableau de la religion, des mœurs, de la législation des Indous, et des relations commerciales et politiques de l'Europe avec l'Indostan, et de l'Indostan avec l'Europe.

Paris: Giguet et Cie, 1801 Stock Code: 122365
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First edition of an important contribution to the literature of Tipu Sultan. "In light of Michaud's anti-Napoleonic stance, this interpretation of Indian history, relying upon the devastation by conquest of a utopian society, may be seen as a warning against French expansionist ventures... Undoubtedly Michaud is inviting a reading of his work in light of recent developments, particularly Napoleon's adventure in Egypt and increased French interest in India... it appears that his interpretation... was viewed by contemporaries as an unbiased and accurate historical account" (Kate Marsh, India in the French Imagination: Peripheral Voices, 1754-1815, pp. 109 and 132 ).

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2 volumes, octavo (203 x 124 mm). Contemporary quarter sheep, smooth spines lettered and ruled in gilt, pinkish-orange paper boards, sprinkled edges. Housed in a custom made brown cloth solander box.


Engraved portrait frontispiece of Tipu Sultan, 4 folding maps (general map of India, plan of Seringapatam, attack on Seringapatam, 1, by Colin Mackenzie, hand-coloured in outline, showing states involved in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War), folding aquatint p


Contemporary ownership inscription to half-titles of Etienne de Reyniés, possibly Etienne Trophime François de Seguin de Latour, marquis de Reyniés (d. 1823), lieutenant in the régiment d'Orléans-Cavalerie. Bindings just slightly rubbed, joints of vol. I cracked at head but firm (short superficial split near lettering), light toning to a few gatherings, a few marginal paper flaws. A very good copy complete with half-titles.


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