History of the Late Revolution of the Empire of the Great Mogol
First Edition in English, London 1671. Moses Pitt. pp. (xvi), 258, (ii-title-page), 176, 102 (‘A Letter to the Lord Colbert’), iv (publisher’s advertisement and Whitehall permission to publish the continuation of Monsieur Bernier’s memoir); (with): A Continuation of the Memoires of Monsieur Bernier, Tome III and IV (1672). pp. 173, 178. (with): A Letter sent from Chinas in Persia. pp. 39, (i). Engraved folding map. 8vo. Bookplate and stamp ‘Earl of Ellenborough’s Heirlooms, Book no. 1113’. Contemporary calf with maroon title-label, book-box with maroon title-label, lettered in gilt. Light browning but a good, tight copy of this great work of travel and research with a fine provenance.
The Governor-General Lord Ellenborough's copyFrom the library of one of India’s greatest Governor-Generals, Lord Ellenborough, François Bernier’s History of the Late Revolution of the Empire of the Great Mogol – one of the most important travel accounts of the seventeenth century. An exceptional association copy – the front pastedown bearing the ink inscription ‘Ellenborough 1835’
The History of the Late Revolution of the Empire of the Great Mogol: together with The most considerable Passages, for 5 years following in That Empire by Francois Bernier.
François Bernier (1620–88)
During the seventeenth century, as a result of growing
European commercial interests in South and South-
East Asia, the acquisition of knowledge about that
continent became ever more important to a domestic
audience. In this regard, the French physician,
philosopher and traveller, François Bernier (1620–88)
played a particularly significant role.
Bernier’s arrival at the Indian port city of Surat in early 1659, marked the beginning of his eight-year long adventures in and around the Taimurid / Mughal Empire, returning to Marseilles and later Paris in 1669. Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, (1790–1871), Governor-General of India 1842–44.
Ellenborough first served as a Member of Parliament, taking a seat in the House of Lords on his father’s death in 1818. In 1828, the Prime Minister, the Duke of Wellington appointed him Lord Privy Seal and subsequently President of the Board of Control for India 1828–30, 1834–35 and in 1841.
In 1842, Ellenborough succeeded Lord Auckland as Governor-General. Though Wellington had sent him to ‘restore peace to Asia’, throughout his term of office he was preoccupied with the conduct of various wars. He arrived in India to hear about the massacre in Kabul, and the sieges of Ghazni and Jalalabad. Later there was to be conflict with the Amirs of Sindh, threats from the Sikhs on the northern frontier and rebellion in the Mahratta state of Gwalior. However, in 1844, dissatisfied by his handling of the various uprisings, the directors of the East India Company recalled him to London.
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