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Seven Years' War]: [India]: [Lally, Comte de]
VRAIES CAUSES DE LA PERTE DE L'INDE, POUR LE COMTE DE LALLY; CONTRE M. LE PROCUREUR GÉNÉRAL [caption title]
Paris, 1766. 22,20pp. plus large folding map. Large folio. Stitched. Minor soiling and foxing. Very good. Defense of the Comte de Lally for his actions in India during the Seven Years' War. This is one of two versions authored by him. Lally, head of the French expedition to India, reached Pondichery in 1758. Though capable, he was incredibly unpopular and fell into a series of events which proved fatal to his career and his person. He was unsuccessful in the Siege of Madras, beaten at the Battle of Wandiwash, and eventually capitulated from the siege of Pondichery. Taken prisoner by the British, he returned to France on parole and was imprisoned for two years before being put on trial and executed. This is his last defence, published shortly thereafter or perhaps immediately preceding. A publisher's note is dated April 14 and Lally was executed May 6. The map shows the Indian subcontinent and Madagascar.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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