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CONFESSIONS OF A THUG (1840) by Philip Meadows Taylor (3 Volumes)

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CONFESSIONS OF A THUG (1840) by Philip Meadows Taylor (3 Volumes)

350.00

TAYLOR, Philip Meadows (writing as Captain Meadows Taylor)

Confessions of a Thug (in 3 Volumes)

London: Richard Bentley, 1840. Second Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. 3 volume set bound in late 19th century red half calf over marbled paper covered boards. Decorated gilt stamping to spines with black morocco spine label and five raised bands. xxiv + 291, 316, 335 pp. From the library of Henry Jeffrey Flower, 6th Viscount Ashbrook.

Small Flower family bookplate to front pastedowns, mild foxing to preliminaries. A handsome set in very good condition.

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Though published as a novel, Confessions of a Thug is based on real events. The author states in the introduction: "The tale of crime which forms the subject of the following pages is, alas! almost all true; what there is of fiction has been supplied only to connect the events ..." This was one of the best-selling crime novels of the 19th century. It is also considered to be one of the most influential novels about the Indian sub-continent prior to Kipling's Kim. It was from this novel that the word "thug" found its place in the English language (from the Hindu word 'thag', which means deceiver). The Cult of "Thugee" was made up of a group of bandits who, in their dedication to the goddess Kali (Kalee), strangled unwary travelers for their money and valuables.