Sir John Malcolm's Life, in a beautiful copy

Kaye, John William. The Life and Correspondence of Major-General Sir John Malcolm, G.C.B., Late Envoy to Persia, and Governor of Bombay, From Unpublished Letters and Journals.

London & Bombay, Smith, Elder & Co., 1856.

8vo. 2 vols. XII, 538 pp. VI, 631, (1) pp. With engr. portrait. Contemporary red morocco gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers.


First edition of this first and foremost account of the life of the Scottish-born diplomat, East India Company administrator, and statesman John Malcolm (1769-1833). Having come to Madras at the age of 13 and quickly advanced himself by his knowledge of Persian and Hindustani, Malcolm was sent to Persia on a diplomatic mission in 1800; among the first agreements he brokered was that with the Imaum of Muscat, whom he pursued on both sides of the Arabian Gulf before securing Great Britain "the friendship, and, if required, the cooperation, of the principal state on the Arabian side of the [...] Gulf" (vol. I, p. 110). He would later be appointed Governor of Bombay.

A sumptuously bound red morocco set showing slight rubbing to extremeties; occasional moderate foxing and staining, but well-preserved.


Wilson 115. BM XIII, 1042 (313). OCLC 1591023.

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