Madras: Re-printed by Pharoah and Co., 1861-1862.
Hardcover. Good. Reprint of the fourth edition (originally published in 1803), bound in contemporary half-calf and marbled boards, with black and red spine labels. Volume I: pp 466, xcvi. Heavy to edges (including small loss to lower corner of rear board), front hinge cracked, but board still secure, binding tight, text clean. Volume II: pp 739 + list of geographical and proper names. Wear to edges, otherwise very good. Volume III: complete with all 35 maps, plans, and views -- but - there is damage to the fore edge of the boards (see accompanying images) that also affects the title page and table of contents and has caused loss to the first map (General Map of Indostan of the Great Mogul Empire). Some other maps affected slightly - but only with minor damage to the margins, not affecting images. Orme (1728-1801) was a writer for the British East India Company and historian of India. He published the first volume of this work in 1763. As described in the ODNB, "A work of military history, it narrated the battle for supremacy in southern India which had been waged from 1750 to 1754 between the English, the French, and their Indian allies. It was received with great critical acclaim: Orme was applauded on all sides for his style and accuracy, was hailed as a historian in the true classical tradition, and achieved renown and recognition. In 1769 he was created the first official historiographer of the East India Company....In 1778, after an interval of fifteen years, Orme finally published the second volume.... This recounted the third and final phase of the Anglo-French struggle in India, from 1756 to 1761.... Considered as something of a landmark in the history of writing on India, it made a substantial impression on the next generation of British historians. Macaulay later described it as one of the most authentic and finely written in the English language."