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BROWNE, Edmond Charles, Major.

The Coming of the Great Queen,

a Narrative of the Acquisition of Burma.

Published: London: Harrison and Sons, 1888

Stock code: 96838

Price: £650

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First edition. Attractive and authoritative contemporary account, the Army and Navy Gazette considered that the “chapters on “The Commerce of Burma” on “Dacoity”, and on “The Native Races of Indo-China” are of great and permanent value”, while the Saturday Review thought that the story of the Third Anglo-Burma War “by river and land, of the taking of the City and the surrender of the King is well told”. Browne served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the Zulu war of 1879, in the Boer War of 1881 as Assistant Director of Transport with the Natal Field Force, and with the “Burmese Expedition 1885-86 in command of a Mounted Corps composed of Mounted Infantry, Civilian Volunteers, and Burmans, equipped and organised by him (mentioned in despatches, Medal and clasp)” (Hart’s Army List). A very nice copy of an elusive title.

Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spine and the to the front board together with an on-laid white cloth elephant’s with gilt details, and illustration of a British soldier in solar topee greeting a Burmese with a parasol, black surface-paper endpapers. Folding steel-engraved frontispiece, 12 collotype plates, 3 folding coloured maps. A little rubbed and spotted on the boards, spine somewhat sunned, but the gilt bright, pale toning, but a very good copy.

Bibliography: Bruce 4426

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