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Central Asia
Petersfield & Washington, The Barbican Publishing Company, , 1995. A Contribution towards the better Knowledge of the Topography, Ethnography, Resources, and History … 7 parts in 10 sections, large octavo. Original plum cloth, title gilt to spines. Very good. Facsimile reprint of MacGregor's encyclopaedic intelligence resource on the region, originally published "confidentially" in Calcutta between 1871–75. The seven parts cover the north-west frontier in three sections: Afghanistan, Belochistan, Persia, Asiatic Turkey and Caucasia, the khanat of Bokhara, Kashmir and Ladakh. Almost unobtainable in its original form, the text is here reprinted from the British Library's India Office Records collection, the most complete in existence. The print-run of this facsimile was intended to be 300, but due to the publisher's bankruptcy only about 30 complete sets were produced. "MacGregor was Quartermaster-General of the Indian Army, and head of its new Intelligence Department. A firm proponent of the 'Forward Policy', which maintained that possible Russian designs on India could be checked only by military might and the creation of buffer states … A bluff, stern man of idiosyncratic disposition, MacGregor was the model for Colonel Creighton in Rudyard Kipling's Kim, and the effective instigator of the second phase of the Great Game" (French, Younghusband).
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