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The Story of the Telegraph in India
London: E. & F.N. Spon,, 1866. Octavo. Original maroon sand-grained cloth, title gilt to spine and to the upper board, triple fillet panel in blind to the boards, brown surface-paper endpapers. Folding map. Spine a little sunned, overall slightly rubbed, ?inscription clipped from the head of the title page, first gathering a little spring, light toning, occasional foxing, a very good copy. First edition. Uncommon, just four locations on Copac - BL, Oxford, Cambridge, and NLS - OCLC adds MIT only. Adley dedicates the book to Robert Wygram Crawford, chairman of the Commons committee on East India Telegraphic and Postal communications, and also of The East India Railway Company, as another who has "ceaselessly advocated … measures indispensable to remedy the unhappily benighted condition of Telegraphic science and accommodation in India" (Preface). Adley had spent several years in the employ of the EIRC, as an assistant engineer on the Burdwan division in West Bengal, and for a year as resident engineer on the construction of the Raniganj division, he was later appointed Superintendent of the Telegraph Department of the line. In 1858 he had founded the Engineers' Journal and Railway and Public Works Chronicle of India and the Colonies, published in Calcutta, which he also edited. After a brief retirement in England, he returned to India in 1868 joining the Public Works Department of the Government of India. His first duty was the design of the Small Arms Factory at Dum-Dum, Bengal, for which he was highly commended by the Government. He was subsequently engaged in designing drainage and irrigation systems for the improvement of the famine and fever-stricken districts near the Hooghly. In 1873 he finally retired to England, his health undermined by years working in the marshes of Bengal. He died in 1896, aged 68.
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