Despatches of General The Hon Arthur Wellesley [later 1st Duke of Wellington] from India


Wellington, Duke of: Supplementary Desptaches and Memoranda of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K.G. INDIA 1797-1805 edited by his son, The Duke of Wellington. John Murray [London] 1858 1st edition 8vo in 4 volumes. Vol I: Large folding map of India with inset map of Mysore, vi, [i], 592pp; Vol II: 639pp; Vol III: 592pp; Vol IV: 606pp. Contemporary full polished calf gilt, very skillfully re-cased with original spine laid down, a handsome set with minimal wear to the binding and internally immaculate, each volume has a small blind stamp to the top of the verso of the front free endpaper Hale & Roworth, King St.,  Manchester [bookseller and stationers]. A very handsome set of an important work of record. A further nine volumes were produced up to 1872 covering Wellesley’s later campaigns in Ireland, the Peninsula, &c. but these four complete the Indian campaigns.

Arthur Wellesley [1769-1852] was the fourth son of the 1st Earl of Mornington and his oldest brother became Governor General of India in 1798. Wellesley was recalled from Penang in that year when Tpipu sulatan was scheming with the French to oust the British from Mysore. IN 1799 he commanded the Nizam’s troops invading Mysore and routing Tipu’s troops at Malavilli and commanded the reserve during the attack on Seringapatam. Further despatches from the the Mahratta Wars and battles such as Assaye and Argaum are fully recorded inthese weighty volumes.


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