Early pamphlet on steam communication between Britain and India, 1837.


Grindley, Captain Melville, East India Army Agent and London Agent to the Steam Committee of Calcutta and Madras: The State of the Question as to Steam Communication with India. Smith, Elder, and Co. [London] 1837 3rd Edition 8vo.

Single page Map shewing the Proposed Line of Steam Communication With India on thin card, viii. 98pp, 23pp author’s statement & Critical Reviews. Original thin card printed covers, crude old linen spine, pamphlet covers and first few pages with small chips to corners, some old damp staning to the map, the contents otherwise quite clean although the text block is split between pages 32 & 33 and again after p98. An unusual and early work on the question of steam links between Britain and India.  oct13/2

Captain Richard Melville Grindley [1786-1877] aserved in the East India Company’s 7th Bombay Native Infantry 1804-20. He was a pioneer of the movement to improve commercial links with India. The bank with his family name still thrives in India.

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