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NAPIER, Charles James, & William Francis Patrick Napier (ed.)

Defects, Civil and Military, of the Indian Government.

London: Charles Westerton, 1853 Stock Code: 122130
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First edition, family association copy. Ownership inscription of George Thomas Napier, brother of both Charles James Napier and his editor William Francis Patrick Napier. Charles James Napier had been Commander in Chief in India, and had resigned after a disagreement with Lord Dalhousie, the governor-general; the book is a vindication of his actions, and a strong criticism of Dalhousie's governance of India. In Charles's account, his actions had averted a mutiny and yet he had been penalised for it, whilst a mutinous spirit was smouldering due to mismanagement of the government of India a prescient observation, four years before the Mutiny. Death interrupted his book, resulting in his brother editing and publishing it. William cared deeply about his brother's reputation, and later wrote a four-volume biography of him; he added a final chapter to this work, explicitly stating "History is not asleep, she will vindicate the wronged man's fame". George Thomas Napier, the owner of the book, was the former Governor of The Cape of Good Hope; the book is a good association copy linking the three Napier brothers, each an important figure in British imperial and literary history.

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Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind-stamped decoration to spine, blind-stamped panel to covers, edges untrimmed, yellow endpapers.


Spine slightly rolled and bumped at head and foot, slight splitting to material at head and foot of front cover joint, very slight rubbing and marking to covers, wear to corners, one signature standing slightly proud, some foxing to contents, later pencil marks and a few annotations by certain passages. Still a very good copy.


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