MALCOLM, Sir John.

The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:

Collected from the Family Papers communicated by The Earl of Powis.

London, John Murray, 1836 Stock Code: 43835

"A landmark in the intellectual history of British India"

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First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator. "By the time Malcolm wrote, no new material had appeared on Clive for more than forty years. The core of Malcolm's work was to be the large collection of manuscripts kept by Clive's son, the Earl of Powis" (Harrington, p. 164). However, Malcolm died in 1833 before he had finished his work and the task of completion was passed to his old colleague in the Indian service, William Erskine. Jack Harrington, in his thorough and engaging account of Malcolm's writings on India, remarks that his biography of Clive "has never been adequately acknowledged as a landmark in the intellectual history of British India" (ibid., p. 161). It's importance was sealed by Macaulay's essay in the Edinburgh Review, "Lord Clive" (1840), nominally a review of Malcolm's book.

Provenance: crested bookplates of John Murray, publisher of the work.

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3 volumes, octavo (213 x 131 mm). Contemporary half calf on drab boards, black morocco labels, flat bands to the spines, ornate foliate panels to the compartments, all edges with an attractive, predominantly brown, marbling, a handsome set on the shelf.


Engraved portrait frontispiece of Clive by Edwards after Reynolds (actually by Nathaniel Dance, see erratum at end of vol. III), folding engraved map of India by J. and C. Walker.


Some foxing, endpapers, portrait and prelims, a touch of damp at the tails of the spines, a little rubbed, very good.


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