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The British Colonies; Their History, Extent - MARTIN R Montgomery 1803?-1868 - 1834. 
London & New York: J&F Tallis C1850, 2 vols (of 3), VG, 25 pls, 35 maps. In blue cloth, gilt titles to spines. Vol1, frontis, eng tp, , (ii-xxiv),  2-360 pp, British North America, , 362-744, Austral-Asia, 13 pls (inclusive of frontis & Eng tp, mostly portraits), 13 maps (coloured double page). Vol 2, , 2-384 pp, Islands in the Southern Pacific. , 2-208 pp, British Possessions in Africa. , 2-188, British Possessions in the West Indes. And in Southern and Central America. , 2-308 pp, British Possessions in Asia, 12 pls (portraits), 22 maps (folding & coloured). Lacks anything beyond p308 - Ceylon, East India and Mediterranean settlements. Some corner damp stains to a couple of pls. Originally issued in Parts in 1834. Fascinating. (Folio, 18.5*27.6 cms, 5 kgs). @Replete with the most minute detail and information' - London Lit. Gazette. At a time when some questioned the value of the empire, Martin was its spokesman. He favoured a reformed colonial policy and, as a proprietor of the East India Company (1838â€“43), debated both at India House and through journal articles. But his lack of financial backing and his tendency to rush to judgement were factors minimizing his effectiveness; the former led him to seek ex post facto official recompense for activities freely entered into, the latter lost him support at key moments. Martin, however, had a ready pen and his importance lies primarily in his chronicling of empire and his exposition of political and social issues, particularly in the context of non-Ricardian economics. The very diversity of his activities and writingsâ€”267 printed works and 580 surviving unpublished letters and memorandaâ€”underlines his significance. See ODNB.
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