CHAIRMAN OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ROBERT GREGORY'S COPY
First Edition, 2 engraved folding maps by J. Walker after Dalrymple and Thomas Woods,some marginal tears repaired,26 engraved plates including 4 folding, 3 double-page, bound without the half title, 4to. rebacked, original calf boards refurbished, Signed on the title by Robert Gregory of Coole Ireland, with his son Richard's Bookplate, and the note "The bequest of his father Robert Gregory 1810",
In 1795 Symes, a Dublin born Diplomat, was sent by Sir John Shore, the Governor-General of India, on a mission to Burma. He obtained from King Bodawpaya, then known to the British as King or Emperor of Ava, a royal order permitting a British agent to reside at Rangoon to protect the interests of British subjects. The map produced by the expedition of the Irrawaddy is the first accurate chart to be published. Robert Gregory, 1727-1810, was an Irish-born East India merchant, Chairman of the East India Company and politician who sat in the British House of Commons from 1768 to 1784. In 1768, he acquired the Coole Park estate of 8,000 acres near Gort in County Galway in Ireland and built a house there. He was succeeded by his second son Richard and continued the planting of trees. He also developed the library. He died in 1847 from a fever while nursing tenants during the famine. He was the father of William Henry Gregory who married Isabella Augusta, friend and patron of W.B. Yeats and of a wide circle of Irish Literary and Nationalist bodies.
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