THE FORWARD POLICY AND ITS RESULTS, by Richard Isaac Bruce - 1900 [1st Ed]


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The Forward Policy and Its Results, or Thirty-Five Years' Work amongst the Tribes on our North-Western Frontier of India

by Richard Isaac Bruce 

FIRST EDITION. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume features red cloth covers with blind-tooling on front and gilt on rounded spine.
  • Book displays gentle commensurate wear and aging.
  • Covers exhibit gentle overall fading, as well as gentle bumping to corners, more to head corner of front and foot corner of back. 
  • Spine has softened ends that display some bumping, as well as minor fading.
  • Binding is secure overall, with minor play.
  • Front pastedown has a bookseller sticker from Arthur Probsthain, Oriental Bookseller, London. (See photos)
  • Front endpaper has signature from previous owner, and is significantly toned.
  • Frontispiece is gently toned and overall well preserved, with toned tissue guard. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are well preserved with gentle toning and occasional light marginal foxing.
  • Map at end of volume is gently toned and shows minor foxing, more present on blank side. (See photos)
  • Interior shows gentle age-toning with rare marginal foxing.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges are deckled along fore edge and foot, and show some dust, as well as remnants of inking, along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200205

382 pages. 6 x 9 inches.

Antiquarian binding features red cloth covers with blind-tooling on front and gilt on rounded spine.

Volume features many illustrations with a list of illustrations, as well as a frontispiece. Book includes an introduction.

This is the story of the English dominion in India, told by a colonial officer who administrated the North-Western frontier in the early period of the British Raj. The author recounts the various disputes, negotiations, and invasions which marked that period of British dominion in India, detailing the successive proceedings, annexations, disturbances, and other important events that defined the period of his service. His narration is fascinating and detailed, giving accounts of the tragedies and conflicts that he himself saw as the administrator of an ever-changing region. It can be considered as part memoire and biography, and part argument supporting the forward policy of his superior, Robert Groves Sandeman.

Richard Isaac Bruce (1840-1926) was an English colonial officer and administrator. He served on India's North-Western frontier during the early period of the British Raj, and is known for authorship of the present work.

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