Last Days of Bishop Heber; 1830

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Authors: Thomas Robinson
Size(WxDXH): 5.75 x 1 x 8.75 inches
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Year: 1830


‘The Last Days of Bishop Heber’ by Thomas Robinson, A.M. ‘The archdeacon of Madras, and late domestic chaplain to his lordship.’ First London edition printed in 1830 by Jennings and Chaplin. Previously printed in Madras. Includes the funeral sermon of the Bishop and a journal of a journey through South India with the Bishop.
“Synopsis: Entries from the author's Journal detailing his time and picturesque travels in India with Bishop Heber of Calcutta from August 15, 1825 to April 4, 1826: describing his progress through spectacular countryside to Columbo, Candy, Madras, Tanjore and other Missionary Stations; inspecting schools, and churches, visiting Churchmen and Indian Nobility, and hearing of the Siege and Fall of Bhurtpore en route. Letters, sermons, chronological table, church papers and accounts conclude the volume.”

Background History:
Reginald Heber, a pastor, poet and hymn writer, was appointed Bishop of Kolkata in 1823, which at that time included the whole of India, Sri-Lanka and Australia. After three years in India, in which he travelled a great deal, Heber died suddenly while visiting Tiruchirappalli, on April 3, 1826 at the age of 42.
Interestingly, he was strongly critical of the East India Company's stewardship of its Indian territories. He was concerned that few Indians were promoted to senior posts, and noted the "bullying, insolent manner" towards Indians that was adopted by the British.

Very good condition, with only very light foxing on a couple of pages. Contemporary polished half calf, marbled boards, marbled edges. Leather partially missing on top of spine, and coming away at bottom of spine.