Bedukah, or the Self-devoted. An Indian Pastoral... by [IRWIN, Eyles].

Bedukah, or the Self-devoted. An Indian Pastoral... by [IRWIN, Eyles].
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~ Bedukah, or the Self-devoted. An Indian Pastoral... London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1776.

4to (257 × 203 mm), pp. [iii]–vii, [8]–32; without the half-title, and with the engraved frontispiece by Collyer after Ward bound here facing p. [9] (the beginning of the poem); light offsetting from the plate; recent boards.

First edition, dated Fort St George, 1 January 1775. A discussion of the Hindu practice of sati, when a widow immolates herself on her dead husband’s funeral pyre, something the poet had witnessed for himself. Born in Calcutta to Irish parents, Irwin served the East India Company in a civil capacity at Madras, before posting to China for two years and a return to England. Jackson, p. 43.

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