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Mysterious Mr Jacob, the

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  •  Mysterious Mr Jacob, the
    Title: Mysterious Mr Jacob, the
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 03/04/2017
    Imprint: Transit Lounge Publishing
    Price: $30.00
    Publishing status: Active

    of the most exciting narrative histories
    to come out of India.' William Dalrymple

    It was a scandal that
    rocked the highest echelons of the British Raj. In 1891, a notorious jeweller
    and curio dealer from Simla offered to sell the world’s largest brilliant-cut
    diamond to the fabulously wealthy Nizam of Hyderabad. If the audacious deal
    succeeded it would set the merchant up for life. But the transaction went
    horribly wrong. The Nizam accused him of fraud, triggering a sensational trial
    in the Calcutta High Court that made headlines around the world.

    The dealer was Alexander
    Malcolm Jacob, a man of mysterious origins. After arriving penniless in Bombay
    in 1865, he became the most famous purveyor of precious stones in princely
    India, and a confidante of Viceroys and Maharajas. Jacob also excelled in the
    magical arts. He inspired all those who met him, including Rudyard Kipling who
    immortalised him as Lurgan Sahib, the ‘healer of sick pearls’, in his novel Kim.

    Now for the first time,
    John Zubrzycki, author of The Last Nizam, conveys the page-turning
    colour, romance and adventure of Jacob's astonishing life. Starting on the
    banks of the Tigris in modern-day Turkey where Jacob was born, Zubrzycki strips
    away the myths and legends. He follows Jacob's journey from the slums of
    Bombay, to the fabulous court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, from the
    hedonistic heights of Simla, the summer capital of the Raj, to the Calcutta
    High Court. This is a story of India, of strange twists and unexpected
    outcomes. Most importantly Zubrzycki enters into and truly captures the spirit
    of the mysterious Mr Jacob, one of the most enigmatic and charismatic figures
    of his time.

    ISBN: 9780995359437
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