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KAYE, John William.

The Administration of the East India Company; A History of Indian Progress.

London: Richard Bentley, 1853 Stock Code: 143646
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First edition. "I offer this volume to the public as a contribution to the general stock of information relating to India and her affairs - information which, in the present juncture, it is very desirable to possess. It contains much that is scattered over a great number of printed books, and much besides that is not to be found in any printed books" (author's Preface). Kaye was educated at Salisbury, Eton and Addiscombe. In 1832 he went to India as a cadet in the Bengal artillery. Following ill health, he resigned from the army in 1841, and devoted himself to writing, joining the staff of the Bengal Harkaru ('The atlas'). "He started the Calcutta Review in 1844, editing it and contributing nearly fifty articles on political, military, and social subjects. In 1845 Kaye returned to England for a professional literary career. In 1856 he entered the home civil service of the East India Company, and on the transfer of the government of India to the crown in 1858, he succeeded John Stuart Mill as secretary of the foreign department of the India Office His works are still used by historians" (ODNB). A very handsome copy with the armorial bookplate of the mining magnate Sir Julius Wernher to the front pastedown.

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Octavo (217 x 136 mm). Later tree calf by Bickers, red and green morocco contrast labels, raised bands with gilt dotted roll, compartments with scrolled foliate corner-pieces, pomegranate centre-tool, twined Greek key and olive branch penal to the boards, foliate edge-roll, marbled edges and endpapers, rope-twist roll gilt to the turn-ins.


Light shelfwear, slightly chafed head and tail of the spine and the joints, small chip to label skilfully recoloured, pale browning of the text-block, overall very good.


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