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OUTRAM, Sir James.

Rough Notes of the Campaign in Sinde and Afghanistan in 1838–9.

Being Extracts from A Personal Journal Kept While on the Staff of the Army of the Indus. Illustrated with Plans of Ghizni and Khelat. Reprinted from the Bombay Edition.

Published: London: J. M. Richardson, 1840

Stock code: 105380

Price: £500

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First UK edition, originally published in India in the same year. Uncommon just 7 copies of the London, and 3 of the Bombay, on Copac. This copy a presentation copy from Outram’s mother, with inscription on the title page, “To Allan Harden Esq. with the best regards of the Author’s Mother”, with an inked note from the recipient remarking that Outram’s mother – “a woman of great self-reliance and independence” (ODNB) was his “grandfather’s sister”. Later armorial bookplate of Alexander-David Seton of Mounie to the front pastedown. Personal account of Outram’s early campaigning on the frontier; “He was attached in 1838 to Sir john Keane’s staff, when commanding the Bombay Army through Kandahar and Ghazni to Kabul. Outram from Kabul led the pursuit of Amir Dost Muhammad across the Hindu Kush, in 1839, and took a prominent part in the operations in South Afghanistan” (Buckland). An attractive copy of this uncommon and interesting account of the First Afghan War.

Octavo. Contemporary maroon diced skiver presentation binding, neatly rebacked with the original spine with gilt title and tooling laid down, attractive panelling in blind and gilt to the boards, all edges gilt, mid-blue printed moiré effect endpapers. 2 folding plans with dispositions in colour. A little rubbed at the extremities, light browning, but overall a very good copy.

Bibliography: Bruce 4487

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