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(CLIVE, Robert ) CARACCIOLI, Charles
The Life of Robert Lord Clive, Baron Plassey.
London: T. Bell, [1775-77]. London: T. Bell,, [1775-77]. Wherein are Impartially delineated his Military Talents in the Field; his Maxims of Government in the Cabinet, during the two last Wars in the East Indies, which made him Arbiter of Empire, and the richest Subject in Europe. With Anecdotes of his Private Life, and the Particular Circumstances of his Death. Also a Narrative of all the last Transactions in India. 4 volumes, octavo (213 x 126 mm). Contemporary trade binding of unlettered half sheep, gilt volume numbers direct to spines, marbled sides. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Clive, folding map to vol. I ("An Accurate Map of India", title within a pretty rococo cartouche). Contemporary bookplates somewhat hastily removed from pastedowns by a previous owner (with stripping of paper). Heads of spines and corners professionally refurbished, text-blocks lightly toned. A very good set with the half-titles. First edition of the first biography of Clive, the initial volume issued in the year following his death. It is certainly uncommon and this is a most appealing set in a contemporary plain trade binding. The supposed author is the French-born topographer Charles Caraccioli (b. 1722?), of whom little is known, although ODNB notes that "it seems likely that as a young man Charles left for the French colony at Pondicherry, but moved to Britain during the hostilities of the 1750s". However, in his study of Sir John Malcolm, historian Jack Harrington notes that the real authors "are widely believed to have been East India Company army officers who lost out financially … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]

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