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PRICE, David.

Chronological Retrospect, or Memoirs of the Principal Events of Mahommedan History.

From the Death of the Arabian Legislator, to the Accession of the Emperor Akbar, and the Establishment of the Moghul Empire in Hindustaun. From the Original Persian Authorities.

London: J. Booth; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown; and Black, Kingsbury, Parbury, and Allen, 1821 Stock Code: 107059
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"The painstaking work of a genuine scholar"

First edition sheets with title pages dated 1821 and issued by the publishers on completion of the work, uncommon. A significant work by the orientalist and army officer David Price (1762-1835), who saw action in the Third Anglo-Mysore War against Tipu Sultan, and, on retiring from the East India Company's service, settled in Wales and "devoted himself to writing long, leisurely works on Arabian, Persian, and Indian history. Of these the best-known and the most important is Chronological Retrospect This covers the period from the death of Muhammad to the accession of Akbar. The earlier volumes are based chiefly on the Persian chronicles of Mirkhand and Khandamir, and are most detailed and accurate with respect to Persian history; but in the last volume Abu'l-Fazl is largely used. It is written in the over-ornate style of Price's sources, but it is the painstaking work of a genuine scholar anxious to do full justice to his authorities. Without pretending to any striking grasp or generalization, it is nevertheless useful and was for many years almost the only English work of reference for some branches of Eastern history" (ODNB).

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Description

3 volumes in 4, quarto (272 x 208 mm). Recent brown half sheep period-style, spines gilt tooled on raised bands, blind tooled in compartments, red and black twin labels, marbled sides and edges.

Illustrations

Large folding handcoloured map of Asia (from the eastern Meditarrenean to Korea, and from Siberia to Mysore).

Condition

An attractive set: clean and well-margined.

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