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Book Description

First Edition, 8vo., 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Bound in original full calf skilfully rebacked with raised bands and the original title label preserved. A slightly odd issue this as it lacks the Folding engraved plate of the Order of Battle of the British Forces in the Southern Provinces of India in 1783 bound at the rear (here provided in very good facsimile). A map of India ‘Sketch of the Southern Countries of India, traversed by the Armies Commanded by Col. Humberston and Col. Fullarton, in the years 1782, 1783, and 1784’ This is dated 1788 (the year after the publication of the Book). This seems to be the map which is advertised on page v of the book as being available from Mr Faden. Therefore it seems that some copies of this book have the order of battle plate and others lack that plate but have Mr Faden’s map instead, as here.
Dealer Notes
FULLARTON, William.[1754-1808] raised his own regiment which was despatched to the Cape only to see their design on the Dutch colony foiled by prior arrival of French reinforcements. Redirected to India, they joined the campaign against Haidar Ali. He was gazetted a colonel in the army of the HEIC, and in 1782 suppressed the Kollars of Madura and captured Karur and Dindigul. In May 1783 he assumed general command of forces in the southernmost part of the Carnatic, invading Mysore and taking Dharapuram, Palghat, and Coimbatore. Further feats of arms were forestalled by the peace patched up with Tipu, who had succeeded his father, Haidar. Throughout the campaign Fullarton showed high abilities; James Mill praised him as the first British commander to look after his commissariat and organize intelligence. On his return home he published the present work in support of his attempt to recoup the £20,000 he claimed to have spent in India, after some ten years he succeeded in getting back nearly £16,000. He went on to become Governor of Trinidad before returning to his native Scotland.
Author FULLARTON, WILLIAM.
Date 1787
Publisher T. Cadell; Edinburgh, W. Creech,
Condition A fine copy

Price: £650.00

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