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Sword and Surplice;

or, Thirty Years' Reminiscences of the Army and the Church. an Autobiography.

Published: London: David Bogue, 1880

Stock code: 61736

Price: £350

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First edition. “Service from 1845 in the Hussars in India and the Crimean War” (Bruce). A really very uncommon memoir, OCLC listing just 8 copies worldwide – BL, London Library, Cambridge and NLS in the UK, California State, Detroit and Cleveland Public Libraries, NY Historical Society in the US – COPAC another at Oxford. Wale was commissioned as a cornet in the 15th Hussars in 1845, serving with them in India, transferring to the Scots Greys in 1851 and spending some time in the Crimea with them. He was ordained a Deacon in 1861, becoming rector of Folksworth in Huntingdonshire in 1865, and organizing secretary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in Rochester from 1881 until his death in 1892. This is a chatty, anecdotal memoir which paints an excellent picture of the social side of military life in the 1850s. Crested bookplate of William G. Stuart to the front pastedown, carte-de-visite of the Rev. Douglas G. Matthews, Southover Rectory, Lewes mounted on the front free.

Octavo. Contemporary half calf, purple sand-grain cloth boards, black morocco label, edges and endpapers marbled. Frontispiece. A very nice copy.

Bibliography: Bruce, 2nd ed., 2337

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