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Book Description
Vol. I, second edition, [4], 436pp, [2] errata, xcvii, [1], [2]pp directions to binder; vol. II, Sect I, first edition, [2], 365pp; vol. II, Sect. II, [3], 368-739pp, [1], [4]pp errata and directions to binder, 36 maps and plans (29 folding). 4to. Some occasional foxing, generally a v.g. clean copy, sl. tear to fold of one map (without loss), small offset brown mark to first titlepage margin. Handsomely rebound in sprinkled half calf, marbled boards. Gilt banded & decorated spines,red morocco labels.
Dealer Notes
‘In 1763 Orme published the first volume of his History of the Military Transactions of the British Nation in Indostan. A work of military history, it narrated the battle for supremacy in southern India which had been waged from 1750 to 1754 between the English, the French, and their Indian allies. It was received with great critical acclaim: Orme was applauded on all sides for his style and accuracy, was hailed as a historian in the true classical tradition and achieved renown and recognition. In 1769 he was created the first official historiographer of the East India Company, at a salary of £400 a year. In 1770 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
A cultured and very learned man, with a wide range of interests, Orme was well known and respected in the intellectual and social circles of the day. Described by Boswell as ‘that able and elegant historian of Indostan’ (Boswell, Life, 3.284), he was highly esteemed by his peers, who included the historian Dr William Robertson and the orientalist Sir William Jones. In 1778, after an interval of fifteen years, Orme finally published the second volume of the History of the Military Transactions. This recounted the third and final phase of the Anglo-French struggle in India, from 1756 to 1761.’ Ref: Robert Orme, by S. Tammita-Delgoda.
Author (ORME, Robert)
Date 1775-1778
Publisher Printed for John Nourse.

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