East India Kalendar or Asiatic Register for 1791

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THE EAST INDIA KALENDAR or ASIATIC REGISTER for Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China, and St. Helena. For the Year 1791. On a more extensive plan than any hitherto offered to the public. Containing complete and correct Lists of the Company’s Civil. Military. Marine, Law, and Revenue Establishments; Public Offices, Bankers, Greek, Armenian, Mogul, and Portuguese Merchants; Company’s Agents at Home and Abroad; with a correct List of  British, European Subjects residing India, not in the Company’s Service, &c. &c. &c.  J Debrett [London] 1791 1st edition 12mo [6½ x 3½ ins].                                          SOLD 8th July 2021

xii [contents, home officials, list of Company’s ships expected in 1791], 2pp ship    s for season 1790, 156pp. Professionally rebound late 20th century full leather with red morocco gilt label to spine, rubbed along joints, a very sound copy, a little age browning to blank prelims, title page, and last page but a generally very clean copy with no previous eownerhsip markings.  A mine of useful information on the British presence in India during the first period of the Marquis Cornwallis’s tenure of office as Governor General. It was not until 1803 that the Register became standardised and published by the HEIC itself and this is one of small number of varied books by different publishers with different layouts and various titles. In our private collection is an example for this year published by John Stockdale with the title The Bengal Calendar…a New Edition corrected at the East India House. All the pre 1803 editions are now very hard to find and most, like this one, do not offer the help of an index.            apr15/1

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