It is, as its name implies, A Comprehensive History of India, (in three volumes) beginning with its earliest period and continued, without the known omission of any transaction of importance, to the present time. In composing it, the author, Henry Beveridge did not trust previous compilations, but derived his materials as much as possible from original and official sources. He has brought in all the leading topics of the history - its campaigns, its battle fields, its cities and other localities, and even its most celebrated personages - immediately before the eye, in a manner which not only does much credit to those employed upon them, but must greatly facilitate the intelligent perusal of the history itself.
A Comprehensive History of India embraces three distinct periods - an ancient, a medieval, and a modern. The ancient period beginning with the earliest authentic accounts, extends to the establishment of a Muhammedan dynasty. The medieval period terminates with the doubling of the Cape of Good Hope, and the consequent discovery of a continuous oceanic route to the East. The modern period, commencing with the great changes introduced by this discovery, is continued down to the present time. The last of these periods forming the proper subject of the present history, is treated with a fullness proportioned to its intrinsic importance and the interest it derives from its intimate connection with the British history.