Parkinson, C. Northcote.


Cambridge, at the University Press, 1st.ed., 1937. Xiii + 435 pp., 8 plates + a map & chart (fldg.). D.j. 22 x 15cm. Torn d.j. with some loss (now in protective sleeve) o/w V.G. Signed and inscribed by Dr. N. A. M. Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Feast of St. Theodosius of Cenobiarch" ; his copy. Bookplate of Royal Forth Yacht Club (founded 1868). A major study in which Dr. Parkinson examines British trade in the East during the Napoleonic Wars, recounting in great detail the story of maritime trade with India and China during the final years of the East India Company’s monopoly. He fully describes the career of the old East Indiamen – their construction, arming, freighting, and manning. He examines their long voyages out East, their outward and inward cargoes, and their long-haul home. The author also tells of the conditions under which passengers travelled, the convoy system, and attempts by private merchants to infringe on the Company’s monopoly. There is a detailed explanation of the economic background, a study of India House (opened in 1800), conditions in British India during the French Wars, and Britain’s Eastern trade – the envy of the French. In addition, Dr. Parkinson looks at the shipping interests in the area, life in the East India Company’s Maritime Service, and the protection offered by the Royal Navy against enemy men-o’-war, privateers, and local pirates. The author was a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a ‘Julian Corbett prize-man’. He moved to Liverpool University after the war where he continued to study naval and maritime history. This pre-war study is uncommon in dust-jacket. Dr. Nicolas Rodger’s copy.

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