1813 History of the East India Company by Robert Grant


Grant, Robert: A Sketch of the History of the East  India Company, from its first formation to the passing of the Regulating Act of 1773; with a Summary View of the changes which have taken place since that period in the Internal Administration of British India.  Black, Parry, and Co, Booksellers to the  Hon. East India Company [London] 1813 1st edition tall 8vo [9½ x 6¼ ins]

397pp [i publisher’s advertisement]. Contemporary or near  contemporary full leather with unlettered spine, binding sound but cleverly re-hinged at some time, title page repaired and with two small holes not affecting the printed area, old signatures to top margin, some old pencil writing to endpapers, otherwise quite clean with no further ownership markings. An uncommon history of the Company, especially in this first edition in a year which saw further great changes in its administration. A copy is listed in the Catalogue of the Library of the Hon. East India Company 1845 page 26. Although there are  modern reprints this is a scarce book in its first edition.        aug18/1

Sir Robert Grant, G.C.H. [1779-1838] was born in Bengal but educated inj England. A lawyer, he rose to be Advocate General in 1832 and was Governor of Bombay from 1835.

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