CALCUTTA GAZETTE. A volume of selections from the years 1789 to 1797, Published 1865


Seton-Karr, W S, Judge of the High Court of Judicature, And President of the Record Commission: Selections from Calcutta Gazettes of the Years 1789, 1790,1791,1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, And 1797, Showing the Political and Social Condition of India, Seventy Years Ago. Vol II. O T Cutter, Military Orphan Press [Calcuuta] 1865. 1st edition, 8vo. VOLUME TWO ONLY [vol I covered 1784-88 and there were three or possibly four later volumes covering the period after 1797]. 5pp (preface), xvii (table of contents), 608pp. Re-bound late 20th century, green quarter leather gilt with marbled paper covered boards. the binding very clean, some internal foxing and occasional pencil or sepia ink highlighting lines but not extensive or offensive. This volume offers an invaluable source of material dealing with all aspects of life in India for the European at the turn of the 18th/19th century and the source material of the original copies of the Journal is extremely rare. Even when these volumes were produced access could not be found to parts of the years 1789 and 1792. The volume is divided into the sections: Official, Editorial, and Advertisements. Official could include: Appointment of Commissioner for suppression of Dacoity & Letter from Lord Cornwallis -Peace with Tippoo. Editorial includes: A Sepoy Officer on the deplorable state of officers’ servants, trials, the Character of Hyder Ally, theatrical reports, etc Advertisements include: a notice by Samuel Gold (horse and dog painter), private sale notices, Capt Hearsey selling his villa, deaths, publisher’s advertisements, race meetings. The CALCUTTA GAZETTE or ORIENTAL ADVERTISER began publication on 4th March 1784 when it was produced at the Hon Company’s Press, supervised by Francis Gladwin. Its paramount importance in in Bengal arose because it became the organ through which official Company notices and staements were made. A marvellous mine of information both entertaining and of great value to the researcher for both history and fiction.

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