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A View of the origin and conduct of the war with Tippoo Sultaun; comprising a narrative of the operations of the army under the command of Lieutenant-General George Harris, and of the siege of Seringapatam
First Edition. Tall 4to. pp. xxiii, [1], 265, [1], clxxii. Contains frontispiece engraving of Tipu Sultan ruler of Mysore India; 1 black and white fold-out aquatint depicting the north-west front of the fortress of Seringapatam; 3 fold-out maps (including 1 colored map illustrating Mysore and surrounding districts) ; 1 fold out chart showing the order of battle of the British army; 2 fold out tables in the appendix. Bound in near contemporary quarter tortoise shell calf with gilt spine and marbled boards. Minor rubbing; lower outer corner of rear board neatly repaired. Bookplate with armorial crest on inside front cover. An old bookseller’s ticket from “Henry Southeran & Company” is also present. Interior contains light age-toning, occasional scattered foxing and spotting. Some offsetting is visible from fold-out plates. A marginal tear is neatly sealed on the Seringapatam plate. Bottom corner of frontis is lightly creased; upper corner crease on p. 97. Alexander Beatson’s book recounts the 1799 British military campaign in Mysore India and the final defeat of Tipu Sultan. Beatson, who served as advisor to General Harris during the conflict, composed his narrative in part from personal observations. The collapse of Mysore marked an important rise in English colonial power. Tipu Sultan, often called the “Tiger of Mysore” (ruled 1782-1799) fought the British during the 2nd and 3rd Mysor wars. He proved himself a talented military leader who understood the techniques of western warfare. In 1798-99 Tipu’s contacts with the French provoked the British to invade Mysore and to attack the fortress capital of Seringapatam. Tipu was killed in the final assault. The Mysore conflicts are also particularly notable in regards to the history of rocketry. According to Von Braun and Ordway “The first major engagement with rockets that involved Europeans took place in India, where troops under Tippoo Sultaun of Mysore fired them against the British during the two battles of Seringapatam in 1792 and 1799.” (See Von Braun, History of Rocketry, p.30). [Abbey, Travel 422; Lowndes, p. 135; ESTC T128718].
      [Bookseller: Robert McDowell Antiquarian Books]
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