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[HASTINGS, Warren.]
First edition of the first substantial book to be printed in Calcutta: an important document in 18th-century colonial politics
A narrative of the insurrection which happened in the Zemeedary of Banaris in the month of August 1781, and of the transactions of the Governor-General in that district; with an appendix of authentic papers and affidavits. Calcutta, printed by order of the Governor General. Charles Wilkins superintendant of the Press, 1782. Large 4to. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine title: "Insurrection at Banaris". [6], 70, [2], 214. First edition of the first substantial book to be printed in Calcutta (preceded only by seven minor printed publications): an important document in 18th-century colonial politics. A narrative of the insurrection is Hastingss own account of a major incident that proved to be a turning point in his career as Governor-General of Bengal. It refers to the case of Chait Singh, Raja of Benares, who from 1778 onwards (because of the war with France) was obliged to pay additional tribute to the East India Company. After he failed to pay in full in 1780, Hastings sent troops to Benares to put him under arrest. But the small British force was massacred by the Raja's men and the governor-general barely escaped with his life. In the next months, however, the insurgents were defeated again and again. Chait Singh took flight, and an augmented permanent tribute was imposed upon his successor. Hastings prevailed but his punitive conduct was condemned by the Companys directors, and initiated the train of events that led to his impeachment in 1787. In the Narrative - anticipating the censure of the incidents of his expedition in England - he produced, as a measure of precau … [Click Below for Full Description]
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