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GORDON, Charles George.

Letters from the Crimea, the Danube and Armenia.

August 18, 1854, to November 17, 1858. Edited by Demetrius C. Boulger.

Published: London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1884

Stock code: 110397

Price: £175

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First edition, published during Gordon’s confinement at Khartoum, a year before his death, the whole affair “a stigma on the national honour” according to the editor’s preface. “It was as a young officer in the 39th Regiment that General Gordon landed in the Crimea at the end of 1854 … Upbeat in tone, his letters for the most part describe the idleness of camp life but he gives a detailed account of his part in the failed British assault on the Redan … and his search for war trophies in the evacuated Sevastopol fortress. He participated in the Allied expedition that captured Kinburn in mid-October 1855. Subsequent letters describe his service with the Boundary Commission, fixing the new frontier between Russia and Moldavia and Wallachia and then in Armenia between Russia and Turkey” (Cross). Scarce in the original cloth.

Octavo. Original red pebble-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt with black rules extending over covers, publisher’s device to rear board in black, dark blue coated endpapers. Spine very slightly sunned and rolled, extremities lightly bumped, a little spotting to fore edge and prelims. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Bruce 3787; Cross H103.

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