THE ASIATIC ANNUAL REGISTER, For the Year 1800.
Campbell, Lawrence Dundas: THE ASIATIC ANNUAL REGISTER, or a View Of the History of HINDOSTAN, and of the Politics, Commerce and Literature of ASIA, For the Year 1800. Debrett [London] 1801. 8vo. Title page, 4pp Preface, 10pp list of Subscribers, contents (in total prelims of xxiv). The main body of this work (the second year of a production that was to last for only nine years) has separately paginated sections, viz: “HISTORY OF BRITISH INDIA” 34pp, “CHRONICLE” (which includes Occurrences, letters, civil and military appointments and notes for Bengal, Madras and Bombay, births, marriages and deaths; Dispatches from Calcutta; reports of debates on India in Parliament and of those of the Courts of Proprietors at the India House, etc, etc, & Supplement to the Chronicles [with notes on the foundation of a College in Calcutta, etc 150 pp, “STATE PAPERS [ Proceedings in Parliament and in the INdia House, 152pp, “CHARACTERS” (including memoirs of Hyder Ali Khan, further anecdotes of Tippoo Sultan, account of Muzaffer Jung, account of the life of Sir William Jones, &c 59pp, “MISCELLANEOUS TRACTS” [ military transactions in Bengal, various topics] 352pp, ACCOUNT OF BOOKS 88pp. Contemporary half leather gilt with marbled paper covered boards, rear board detached, loss of leather to top of spine, retaining original marbled endpapers with bookplate of Teston Library and a later collector’s small bookplate [Edward Faridany, contents very clean with two blanks before the title page and no other ownership markings. a fascinating survival from a period when such journals sprang up to satisfy the insatiable demand in Britain for information on the East, especially India. This journal, beginning in the same decade as the foundation of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and some 28 years before the Royal Asiatic Society in London began its journal, was well received but it was not until the 1804 edition that Campbell revealed his authorship. Few copies of any of these journals survive intact in the Indian reference libraries (see Kaul 24 for details). a fascinating mine of information, much of it not easily available elsewhere, and an insight into British thought on the sub-continent at the close of the eighteenth century. This was a period of intense interest in Orientalism and several journals of a similar nature were begun – often proving to be short lived.
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