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GEARY, Grattan.

Burma, after the Conquest,

viewed in its Political, Social, and Commercial aspects, from Mandalay.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington (Printed at the Bombay Steam Press), 1886 Stock Code: 133453
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First edition of this "detailed description of Upper Burma at the time of the annexation" (Speake). Grattan Geary (d. 1900) was "editor of the Times of India, and subsequently acquired the Bombay Gazette where the present work was printed, took a prominent part in Bombay municipal affairs and was at one time Chairman of the Corporation. An able writer, and indefatigable worker, he exerted no little influence on public events in India" (Buckland, p. 161).

Provenance: verso of front free endpaper bearing ownership inscription of "E. Cubitt, Feb. 1911" and (in biro) "Ex Libris G. E. S. Cubitt, O. I. 1886-92"; George E. S. Cubitt (c. 1875-1966) was Inspector of Forests in Burma and later Conservator of Forests, Malay Peninsular. "During the tenure of office of Mr Cubitt the foundation of modern forest research, both in this field of silviculture and forest products, was laid in Malaya" (Rao).

Well represented institutionally but commercially decidedly uncommon.

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Octavo. Original sage green cloth, titles in gilt to spine and front cover, decorative foliate rolls blocked in black on front cover and blind on back, dark grey surface paper endpapers.


Cheltenham bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Some chipping to spine ends, some wear to extremities, light staining, hinges split but holding, occasional light foxing; a very good copy, with errata slip and 32 pp. publisher's catalogue at end (dated October 1885).


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