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A View of the Origin and Conduct of the War with Tippoo Sultaun

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A View of the Origin and Conduct of the War with Tippoo Sultaun

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Illustrated by a frontispiece portrait of the Tipu Sultan, a folding view of Seringapatatam, three folding maps, a folding plate of the order of battle of the British Army, and two folding tables.

The full title reads as follows:

"A View of the Origin and Conduct of the War with Tippoo Sultaun; / Comprising a Narrative of the Operations of the Army under the Command of Lieutenant-General George Harris, and of The Siege of Seringapatam. / By Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Beatson, Late Aid-de-Camp to the Marquis Wellesley, Governor-General of India; and Surveyor-General to the Army in the Field. / London: / Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, St. James’s; / and Sold by G. and W. Nicol, Booksellers to His Majesty, Pall-Mall. / 1800."

Issue Points

The first edition.

Text Notes

Alexander Beatson's book recounts the 1799 British military campaign in Mysore India and the final defeat of Tipu Sultan. Beatson, who served as advisor to General Harris during the conflict, composed his narrative in part from personal observations. The collapse of Mysore marked an important rise in English colonial power. Tipu Sultan, often called the "Tiger of Mysore" (ruled 1782-1799) fought the British during the 2nd and 3rd Mysor wars. He proved himself a talented military leader who understood the techniques of western warfare. In 1798-99 Tipu's contacts with the French provoked the British to invade Mysore and to attack the fortress capital of Seringapatam. Tipu was killed in the final assault. The Mysore conflicts are also particularly notable in regards to the history of rocketry. According to Von Braun and Ordway "The first major engagement with rockets that involved Europeans took place in India, where troops under Tippoo Sultaun of Mysore fired them against the British during the two battles of Seringapatam in 1792 and 1799." (See Von Braun, History of Rocketry, p.30).


1. Col. Sherbrooke (gift inscription to his niece Frances Bates, dated 1801)

2. Frances Bates, Oxton

The gift inscription reads as follows: "Frances Bates / Oxton [?] / The Gift of her Uncle Col Sherbrooke / on his return from India / 1801-."

Early Modern18th centuryIndiaBritish EmpireHistoryTipu SultanTippoo SultanBritish IndiaThe RajMarquis WellesleySeringapatamWarMilitary HistoryMapsCartography

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