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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 (1838â43), 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 The very diversity of his activities and writingsâ267 printed works and 580 surviving unpublished letters and memorandaâunderlines his significance. See ODNB.
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