CALCUTTA GAZETTE. A volume of selections from the years 1806 – 1815, Published 1868
Selections from Calcutta Gazettes of the Years 1806 to 1815 Inclusive, Showing the political and Social Condition of the English in India Upwards of Fifty Years Ago. Volume IV. Office of Supt Govy Printing 1868 [Calcutta]. 1st edition, 8vo. VOLUME FOUR ONLY [earlier volumes dealt with the period before 1806 and there was one or possibly two later volumes]. Large folding map (Eastern Parts of Hindoostan; containing the Soubahs or Kingdoms of Bengal, Bahar, Awd, and Ellahabad, drawn chiefly from actual surveys: 1769. Engraved by Wm Whitchurch; 1776) in rear pocket together with folding panorama of Calcutta (some of legend cut off) and folding plan “Territory of Calcutta MDCCLVII” , . xviii.541pp. Original blind stamped green cloth boards with late 20th century green quarter leather spine gilt, new endpapers, pocket repaired, boards worn and bumped but contents quite clean. This volume offers a massive 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 includes govt notices, general orders, proclamations of the Governor General, council minutes, etc. Editorial includes: court reports, letters to the editor, India related news from London, report on Elphinstone’s mission to Cabul, sporting intelligence. Advertisements include notices of sales of houses, animals and property, a long address to Lord Minto, etc. A marvellous mine of information both entertaining and of great value to the researcher for both history and fiction.
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