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Realms of Silver — One Hundred Years of Banking in the East - Compton Mackenzie

Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1954, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with scuffing to both the panels and heavier wear to the spine ends and corners. Boards a little faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Maps to the endpapers. From the cover: “This is the history of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China which was founded in 1853 following the abrogation of the monopoly held by the East India Company since 1600. Prominent among the founders of the Bank were Robert Lowe, one of the most remarkable personalities of his day who afterwards became Chancellor of the Exchequer, and James Wilson who in 1843 had founded The Economist. Sir Compton Mackenzie relates how these determined men, characteristic of their generation, overcame powerful opposition to the granting of a Royal Charter of incorporation and how they set the Bank upon a course which it has pursued undeviatingly to this day. Realms of Silver describes the vicissitudes and triumphs of a venture which chose for its field of activity countries in which cataclysmic changes are now re-shaping world politics. It is a story that encourages us to believe that, notwithstanding the unprecedented transfers of sovereignty which have taken place throughout Asia since 1945, British endeavour in the East is nowhere at an end but everywhere in progress.”
Size: 10" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: [XIV] 338
Introduction: W. R. Cockburn

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