Twelve Views of Places in the Kingdom of Mysore, the Country of Tippoo Sultan
Colebrooke, Robert Hyde. Twelve Views of Places in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: for Edward Orme. 1801.
Colebrooke, Robert Hyde (1801) Twelve Views of Places in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: for Edward Orme.
Colebrooke, Robert Hyde, Twelve Views of Places in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: for Edward Orme. 1801.
Robert Colebrook was the first great Sanskrit scholar of Europe. He was the son of Sir George Colebrook, the head of an old firm of bankers. He served in the East India Company for 32 years, however, he was happy to leave Calcutta and be appointed assistant collector at Tirhut in 1786. He made a minute study of the state of husbandry in Bengal, his findings being privately printed in 1795.
It opposed the renewal of the company's monopoly, and advocated free-trade principles. The work gave offence to the directors, and was not published in England. By the time Colebrook arrived in Nagpur in 1799, events had forestalled him; Seringapatam had fallen and Tippoo Sultan was dead, and the jealousy and suspicion of the Mahrattas had been so excited by the proceedings of the English in the distribution of the Mysore dominions that any attempts at reconciliation was useless, and an alliance was out of the question.
Colebrook was sent to Mysore to carry out Marquis Wellesley's policy by inducing the Rajah of Berar to join the defensive alliance with the Company against the power of Scindia, who threatened Tippoo Sultan. Colebrook left Nagpur in 1801, with a sense of failure.
12 hand-colored aquatint plates with color washed borders by John William Edy after R.H. Colebrook, with watermarks dating 1801 and 1804.
Dedication and subscribers list, leaf of descriptive text to accompany each plate.
Oblong folio (24 1/2 x 18 in.: 620 x 458 mm).
Abbey Travel 419; Tooley 149; Bobins 230.
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Publisher: London: for Edward Orme
Date Added: 2019-07-31