An historical sketch of the introduction of Christianity into India, and its progress and present state in that and other eastern countries: preceded by a brief account of the religious opinions of some of the heathen philosophers before and after the coming of Christ ...

Edinburgh, printed by Oliver & Boyd, 1835.

8vo, pp. [8], 160; a few very small spots to title; a very good, crisp and clean copy in original brown moiré cloth, remains of paper spine label; chip at foot of spine, a little wear to extremities; inscription facing title ‘To Dr Hope with the author’s compliments and best wishes’, Hope Trust book label to front pastedown, small shelf mark label at foot of spine.

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First edition, author’s presentation copy. Ainslie (1767-1837) worked as a surgeon in the East India Company from 1788 until his retirement in 1815, becoming a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1829. His other notable works were Materia medica of Hindustan (1813) and Materia Indica (1826), the first book-length study of Indian medicines to be published by a British writer.

This copy formerly belonged to the Hope Trust Edinburgh, established in 1890 by the lawyer and philanthropist John Hope (1807-93).

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